James G. Scrugham

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James G. Scrugham
James G. Scrugham (Nevada Governor and US Senator).jpg
U.S. Senate Historical Office
United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
December 7, 1942 – June 23, 1945
Preceded by Berkeley L. Bunker
Succeeded by Edward P. Carville
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1933 – December 7, 1942
Preceded by Samuel S. Arentz
Succeeded by Maurice J. Sullivan
14th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
Lieutenant Maurice J. Sullivan
Preceded by Emmet D. Boyle
Succeeded by Fred B. Balzar
Personal details
Born (1880-01-19)January 19, 1880
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Died June 23, 1945(1945-06-23) (aged 65)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Resting place Masonic Memorial Gardens
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Profession Professor

James Graves Scrugham (January 19, 1880 – June 23, 1945) was an American politician. He was a Representative, a Senator, and the 14th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Scrugham was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1880. He graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1906, He was a professor of mechanical engineering, Engineering College, University of Nevada from 1903 to 1914 and dean from 1914 to 1917. He was state public service commissioner from 1919 to 1923. He was the Governor of Nevada between 1923 and 1927. He was the editor and publisher of the Nevada State Journal from 1927 to 1932. He became a special adviser to the Secretary of the Interior on Colorado River development projects in 1927.

Later, he was elected as a Democrat to Congress and served from 1933 until December 7, 1942, when he resigned, having been elected to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term of Key Pittman on November 3, 1942. Scrugham served from December 7, 1942, until his death on June 23, 1945 in San Diego, California, at the age of 65.

The University of Nevada named a building for him. The James G. Scrugham Engineering & Mines Building, opened in 1963, houses the dean's office and several departments in the College of Engineering, as well as the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.[1]


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United States Senate
Preceded by
Berkeley L. Bunker
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nevada
1942 – 1945
Served alongside: Pat McCarran
Succeeded by
Edward P. Carville
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel S. Arentz
United States House of Representatives, At-Large
1933 – 1942
Succeeded by
Maurice J. Sullivan
Political offices
Preceded by
Emmet D. Boyle
Governor of Nevada
1923 – 1927
Succeeded by
Fred B. Balzar