Jim Corbett (politician)

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Jim Corbett
Mayor of Tucson, Arizona
In office
Preceded by Lewis Walter Davis
Succeeded by Lewis C. Murphy
Personal details
Born (1924-09-26)September 26, 1924
Los Angeles, California
Died June 30, 2007(2007-06-30) (aged 82)
Tucson, Arizona
Resting place
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Tucson, Arizona
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Tucson, Arizona
Alma mater University of Arizona

James Nielson “Jim” Corbett Jr. (September 26, 1924 – June 30, 2007) was an Arizona politician. He was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 1956 to 1958, the Tucson City Council from 1963 to 1967, and then Tucson City Mayor from 1967 to 1971. In 1979 Corbett was elected clerk of the Pima County Superior Court, a position he held for twenty years.[1]

Jim Corbett was born in Los Angeles, California to a Tucson pioneering family. Family lore claimed his grandfather, W. J. Corbett, opened the first hardware store in Arizona Territory in 1878. His great-uncle J. Knox Corbett was mayor of Tucson from 1914 to 1917. Hi Corbett Field, the baseball park located at the largest park in Tucson, Reid Park, was named after his uncle, Hiram Stevens Corbett. [2]

Corbett served as an officer in the US Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946.[3]

During his term in the state house, Corbett helped pass Arizona's first Fair Housing law.[4]

Offices Held[edit]


  1. ^ Kornman, Sheryl (July 4, 2007). "Ex-Mayor Corbett epitomized feisty, colorful, blunt politician". Tucson Citizen. 
  2. ^ Levesque, John (2005-03-21). "Field of memories, if not field of dreams". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  3. ^ Huicochea, Alexis (2005-07-01). "Ex-Mayor Jim Corbett dies". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Jim Corbett". Rum, Romanism and Rebellion. July 2, 2007. 

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