In 1862 he was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the territory which included Washington and Idaho. Hale was a master seaman and boat builder. According to the 1850 census, they lived in Lincolnville, Waldo County, Maine with two sons: Henry Calvin, born September 25, 1842, and Samuel Look, born in 1846.
They had a daughter, Nancy A., born in late 1850, after the census was taken.
Instead they traveled by ship around Cape Horn to Olympia. There he obtained a 320-acre donation land claim in north east Olympia.
In all of the federal, state and territorial censuses from 1860 on, Hale was listed as a farmer (or agriculturist or horticulturist). In Maine he was a legislator and became active in local affairs soon after his arrival in Olympia.
In 1852 he attended the Monticello Convention (petitioning for statehood), and served in the first territorial legislature.
At one time, he was the Thurston County Coroner and was on the Olympia City Council. He also helped establish the Puget Sound Wesleyan Institute, the first school of higher education in the state. Hale was also on the first Board of Regents of the University of Washington.
In 1862, Hale was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the post of Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Washington and Idaho Territories.
In this capacity he was involved in the Treaty of 1863 with the Nez Perce, among many other treaties. Waitstill died December 4, 1870, and had been bedridden during the last six years of her life, having injured her spine in a fall.
On August 17, 1872, Hale married Mistress Pamela C. Case. In 1882, she became the first woman ever elected as Thurston County"s Superintendent of Public Schools.
Hale lived in a house on Tullis Street for five years until his death August 12, 1887.
Pamela was a school teacher, a businesswoman and a founding member of the Woman"s Club of Olympia.