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Melville Clay Hankins

Cochise County Treasurer 1923-1926

Melville Clay Hankins was born August 5, 1877, in Prairie Lea, Texas, to John Milford Hankins and Glendora C. Glass. Clay came to Arizona in 1900 and lived in Douglas for 21 years where he worked at the smelter, became assistant foreman of the reduction works, served as Mayor of Douglas and was appointed postmaster by President Wilson serving for four years.

In 1921, Mr. Hankins moved to Tombstone to accept the position of clerk of the Board of Supervisors, then served two terms as Treasurer 1923-1926. In his run for State Treasurer in 1926, he lost the primary to J.C. Callaghan. He moved to Phoenix in 1928, and was appointed the first Secretary of the State Highway Commission by Governor George W.P. Hunt. He resigned in 1933, to become Secretary of the State Corporation Commission for several years. He then held a position in the state auditor’s office resigning in 1939 to return to the Arizona Highway Commission as assistant secretary. He retired in 1945.

Treasurer Hankins suffered a heart attack on March 4, 1947, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix. He was survived by his wife Clementine Emma Gardner and two daughters, Lola Emma Hankins and Winona Hankins Gerrard (Mrs. Herbert Bartlett Gerrard Jr.).

Arizona State Archives #97-6396

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