George C. Peery
|George C. Peery|
|52nd Governor of Virginia|
January 18, 1934 – January 15, 1938
|Preceded by||John Garland Pollard|
|Succeeded by||James Hubert Price|
|Born||George Campbell Peery
October 28, 1873
Cedar Bluff, Virginia
|Died||October 14, 1952
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Bane Gillespie|
George Campbell Peery (October 28, 1873 – October 14, 1952) was an American Democratic politician, and was the 52nd Governor of Virginia from 1934-1938. He was the first governor to be selected, at least partially, by the soon to be very powerful "Byrd Organization", led by Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr.
Peery was born in Cedar Bluff, in Tazewell County, Virginia, in the far southwest portion of the state. He graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1894. Peery went on to earn his Juris Doctorate Degree from Washington & Lee University in 1897. After which, he returned to Southwestern Virginia to practice law in Wise.
Peery was a member of Congress, representing the 9th Congressional district of Virginia from 1923-1929 (the current seatholder is Morgan Griffith), and was a delegate to the Democratic Nation Convention in 1920 & 1924. Peery was a member of the State Corporation Commission from 1929 to 1933, then newly elected Senator Byrd approached him to run for Governor in 1933. Peery accepted, and won the November election.
Peery was elected Governor of Virginia with 73.74% of the vote, defeating Republican Fred W. McWane, Prohibitionist Andrew J. Dunning, Jr.. Socialist George C. White, and Independents John Moffett Robinson and W.A. Rowe.
John Garland Pollard
|Governor of Virginia
James H. Price