Vail M. Pittman
|Vail M. Pittman|
|19th Governor of Nevada|
July 24, 1945 – January 1, 1951
|Lieutenant||Clifford A. Jones|
|Preceded by||Edward P. Carville|
|Succeeded by||Charles H. Russell|
|19th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada|
|Governor||Edward P. Carville|
|Preceded by||Maurice J. Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Clifford A. Jones|
September 17, 1883|
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||January 29, 1964
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Resting place||Masonic Memorial Gardens
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Pittman was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He went to the University of the South and Brown's Business College. Pittman was the younger brother of Key Pittman, a longtime United States Senator from Nevada.
Pittman moved to Tonopah, Nevada in 1904 and began a successful newspaper publishing career. He met Ida Louise Brewington there and they married in Reno, Nevada on May 20, 1919. He and his wife bought the "Ely Daily Times" in Ely, Nevada and moved there in April of 1920 and began what was to be a very successful business. Elected to the Nevada State Senate, Pittman was in the position from 1925 to 1928.
Pittman was elected the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1942. He was a candidate in the Democratic primary for United States Senate in 1944, but was defeated by the incumbent, Pat McCarran. He became governor when Edward P. Carville resigned in 1945. He was elected in 1946 to a term of his own and Pittman served until 1951. He and his wife moved back to Ely and continued operating the "Ely Daily Times" and traveling extensively. He served as a member of the 1960 Democratic National Committee.
- Vail's birth year is given in various sources as 1880, 1881, and 1883. However, his mother, Catherine (Key) Pittman, died on January 4, 1881, so only the earliest date is tenable.
- Glad, Betty (1986). Key Pittman: the tragedy of a Senate insider. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 4.
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Edward P. Carville
|Governor of Nevada
1945 – 1951
Charles H. Russell
Maurice J. Sullivan
|Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1943 – 1945
Clifford A. Jones