Fred B. Balzar

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Fred B. Balzar
15th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 1927 – March 21, 1934
Lieutenant Morley Griswold
Preceded by James G. Scrugham
Succeeded by Morley Griswold
Personal details
Born (1880-06-15)June 15, 1880
Virginia City, Nevada, U.S.
Died March 21, 1934(1934-03-21) (aged 53)
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
Resting place Masonic Memorial Gardens
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Republican

Frederick Bennett "Fred" Balzar (June 15, 1880 – March 21, 1934) was an American politician. He was the 15th Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Republican Party.


Balzar was born in Virginia City, Nevada. He was a member of Nevada state house of representatives in 1905. Then he became a member of Nevada state senate and served between 1909 and 1917.

Balzar won the race for governor in 1926, defeating the incumbent James G. Scrugham. After a lengthy illness Balzar died in the governor's mansion on March 21, 1934 in Carson City, Nevada.[1]

He shared a close friendship with comedian Will Rogers, who eulogized him as "a real two-fisted governor."[2]


  1. ^ Myles, Myrtle T. (1972). Nevada's Governors: From Territorial Days to the Present. Sparks, NV: Western Printing & Publishing. p. 310. ISBN 0-912814-01-1. 
  2. ^ "Will Rogers Remarks," Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1934.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James G. Scrugham
Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Morley Griswold