Several years later, on July 18, 1882, U.S. President Chester A. Arthur appointed Hale Governor of Wyoming Territory. Hale was sworn into office on August 3, 1882. Soon after his induction to the governorship, word came that Montana had been seeking to establish jurisdiction over Yellowstone National Park through Congress. Hearing this, Hale travelled thousands of miles in ailing health and chronic pain to reach the disputed land and physically claim it for Wyoming. This act endeared him to his constituents until his untimely death in Cheyenne, Wyoming on January 13, 1885.