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SCRUGHAM, James Graves

1880–1945

Biography

SCRUGHAM, James Graves, a Representative and a Senator from Nevada; born in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., January 19, 1880; attended the public schools and graduated from the engineering department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington 1906; served in an engineering capacity successively in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif.; professor of mechanical engineering, Engineering College, University of Nevada, at Reno, 1903-1914 and dean 1914-1917; during First World War commissioned as a major in the United States Army in 1917 and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1918; State engineer of Nevada 1917-1923; State public service commissioner 1919-1923; Governor of Nevada 1923-1927; editor and publisher of the Nevada State Journal 1927-1932; special adviser to the Secretary of the Interior on Colorado River development projects in 1927; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1933, to December 7, 1942, when he resigned to become a Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 3, 1942, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Key Pittman for the term ending January 3, 1947, and served from December 7, 1942, until his death at the United States Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., June 23, 1945; interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Nev.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Nevada Historical Society

Reno, NV
Papers: 1900-1945. 4.5 feet. Primarily correspondence and other materials related to congressional career and private business activities, together with scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in the George Wingfield papers; Tasker Lowndes Oddie papers; Alice B. Addenbrooke papers, 1934-1957; Bessie Reese Eichelberger papers, 1803-1948; Sarah Emeline Mack papers, 1911-1946; John F. Shaughnessy papers, 1902-1935; and Williams family papers, 1903-1950.

Nevada State Library and Archives

Carson City, NV
Papers: Papers as Nevada state engineer and governor.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Scrugham, James Graves, ed. Nevada: A Narrative of the Conquest of a Frontier Land: Comprising the Story of Her People from the Dawn of History to the Present Time. 3 vols. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1935.

U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of James Graves Scrugham, Late a Senator from Nevada. 79th Cong., 2d sess., 1946. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1948.

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