James Hubert Price

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James Hubert Price
53rd Governor of Virginia
In office
January 19, 1938 – January 21, 1942
Lieutenant Saxon W. Holt
Preceded by George C. Peery
Succeeded by Colgate Darden
23rd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 15, 1930 – January 15, 1938
Governor John G. Pollard
George C. Peery
Preceded by Junius E. West
Succeeded by Saxon W. Holt
Personal details
Born James Hubert Price
(1878-09-07)September 7, 1878
Greenbrier, West Virginia, U.S.
Died November 22, 1943(1943-11-22) (aged 65)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Thornrose Cemetery
Staunton, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lillian Martin (m. 1918)
Alma mater Dunsmore Business College
Washington and Lee University

James Hubert Price (September 7, 1878 – November 22, 1943) was an American politician. Price was a Richmond, Virginia attorney and businessman. In the 1937 general election, he defeated Republican candidate John Powell Royall, a former State Senator. He served as the 53rd Governor of Virginia from 1938 to 1942 having already served as the 23rd Lieutenant Governor.

As governor, he implemented the Social Security Act, solicited federal funds for urban development, and advocated the inclusion of African Americans in the U.S. military. He was considered Virginia's "New Deal" governor.

Election of 1937[edit]

Price was elected Governor of Virginia with 82.78% of the vote, defeating Republican J. Powell Royal, Communist Donald Burke, and Prohibitionist James A. Edgerton.


Political offices
Preceded by
George C. Peery
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Colgate Darden