Sidney Preston Osborn

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Sidney Preston Osborn
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7th Governor of Arizona
In office
January 6, 1941 – May 25, 1948
Preceded by Robert Taylor Jones
Succeeded by Dan Edward Garvey
1st Secretary of State of Arizona
In office
February 14, 1912 – December 31, 1918
Preceded by position established
Succeeded by Mit Simms
Personal details
Born May 17, 1884
Phoenix, Arizona
Died May 25, 1948(1948-05-25) (aged 64)
Phoenix, Arizona
Political party Democratic

Sidney Preston Osborn (May 17, 1884 – May 25, 1948) was the 1st Secretary of State of Arizona, and later the seventh Governor of Arizona and is, as of 2007, the only governor of Arizona to serve four consecutive two-year terms (Governors of Arizona now serve four-year terms, with a limit of two terms). Osborn is also the second native-born governor of Arizona, preceded by Thomas Edward Campbell.[1]

His governing style was no-nonsense. The best example was shown at the very beginning of his governorship: Upon taking office, Osborn had the state's top officials turn in a signed, but undated, resignation letter. If an official became an embarrassment to the state, Osborn would date the letter, and announce the official had resigned.

During his fourth term, Osborn suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease and was hardly able to communicate with his staff. He eventually died in office in 1948. Osborn was succeeded by Dan Garvey.

Despite numerous conceptions, Osborn Road in Phoenix was not named after Osborn. It was first named as such in 1900 when Osborn was 16.[2]


  1. ^ *"Arizona Governor Sidney Preston Osborn". Former Governors' Bios. National Governors Association. May 3, 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Phoenix Street Names". Retrieved 1 August 2010.