Jerrie W. Lee

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Jerrie W. Lee
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Born Jerrie Wellington Lee
Texas, United States
Died 1971 (aged 80–81)[1]
Arizona, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Rancher, politician
Known for Republican candidate for Governor
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Margaret Lee

Jerrie Wellington Lee (1890 – 1971) was an American rancher in the state of Arizona who sought the office of Governor of Arizona four times as the Republican nominee, in 1938, 1940, 1942 and 1944. He served as the Secretary of the Arizona Wool Growers Association.

Life and career[edit]

Jerrie W. Lee was a prominent northern Arizona rancher, who served as the Secretary of the Arizona Wool Growers Association.[2][3] He made four unsuccessful attempts at running for Governor of Arizona, as the Republican Party nominee, first running in 1938 against State Senator Robert Taylor Jones, the Democratic nominee.[4]

In announcing his campaign in 1940, Lee made water usage and the Boulder Dam a prominent part of his campaign. An announcement of his candidacy filed by the Associated Press and published in the Tucson Daily Citizen stated "Whatever I can do, I will do, to bring about for the benefit of the people of Arizona the utilization of the 180,000 horse-power of electrical energy at Boulder Dam which has been allotted and is now available to our state."[2] Lee also stated in his campaign announcement that he would seek to run the office of Governor like a business, as well as advocating for an independent audit of the state's various governmental departments in order to eliminate waste and duplicate programs.[2] In addition, Lee indicated that he would "avoid political patronage" in selecting his personnel.[2] Lee lost the race to Sidney Preston Osborn, who was the first Secretary of State of Arizona after Arizona gained statehood in 1912.[5]

Lee would again run for Governor in 1942 and 1944, losing both times to incumbent Governor Sidney Preston Osborn.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Jerrie Lee". My Heritage. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jerrie W. Lee States Ideas". Associated Press. Tucson Daily Citizen. August 1, 1940. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Stockmen Take Part in Market Record" (PDF). Arizona Stockman. November 1943. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sobel, Robert (May 3, 2002). "Governor Robert Taylor Jones". National Governors' Association. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). "Encyclopedia of Arizona". Somerset Publishers, Inc. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "AZ Governor Race - Nov. 7, 1944". Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "AZ Governor Race - Nov. 3, 1942". Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
Political offices
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Preceded by
Thomas Edward Campbell
Republican nominee for Governor of Arizona
1938, 1940, 1942, 1944
Succeeded by
Bruce Brockett