Fred B. Balzar
Fred B. Balzar
|15th Governor of Nevada|
January 3, 1927 – March 21, 1934
|Preceded by||James G. Scrugham|
|Succeeded by||Morley Griswold|
|Born||June 15, 1880|
Virginia City, Nevada, U.S.
|Died||March 21, 1934 (aged 53)|
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
|Resting place||Masonic Memorial Gardens|
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Balzar was born in Virginia City, Nevada. His attended school in Nevada, and graduated from San Francisco Polytechnic High School. Balzar worked at a variety of occupations, including stagecoach driving, ranching, railroading, mining, and insurance.
A Republican, he served in the Nevada Assembly from 1905 to 1906, and the Nevada Senate from 1909 to 1916,. He was sheriff and county assessor of Mineral County from 1917 to 1926, and chairman of the Nevada Republican Party from 1924 to 1925.
Balzar won the race for governor in 1926, defeating incumbent James G. Scrugham. After a lengthy illness Balzar died in the governor's mansion on March 21, 1934 in Carson City, Nevada. In 1931, he signed into law Assembly Bill 98, which allowed for wide-open gambling in Nevada.
- 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.
- "History of Gaming in Nevada" Nevada Resort Association
- "Fred Balzar". ONE. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Will Rogers Remarks," Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1934.
James G. Scrugham
| Governor of Nevada