John Calhoun Phillips

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John Calhoun Phillips
John Calhoun Phillips (Arizona Governor).jpg
From 1930 campaign ad published in the Arizona Republic.
3rd Governor of Arizona
In office
January 7, 1929 – January 5, 1931
Preceded by George W. P. Hunt
Succeeded by George W. P. Hunt
Member of the Arizona Senate
In office
1922-1924
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
In office
1916-1922
Personal details
Born (1870-11-13)November 13, 1870
Vermont, Illinois
Died June 25, 1943(1943-06-25) (aged 72)
Flagstaff, Arizona
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Minne Rexroat

John Calhoun Phillips (November 13, 1870 – June 25, 1943) was the third Governor of the state of Arizona. He served from January 7, 1929 to January 5, 1931.

Born in 1870 in Vermont, Illinois, Phillips graduated from Hedding College in 1893 and passed the bar in Illinois. He moved to Arizona in 1898 where he practiced private law while at the same time working as a construction worker to earn a living. He helped to build the state capitol building that he would later occupy as governor. He served as a probate judge from 1902 to 1912 before being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and later, the Arizona Senate.

The crypt of John Calhoun Phillips (1870-1943) and his wife Minnie Phillips (1875-1956).

Phillips became governor in 1929 during the Great Depression. He was instrumental in the creation of a free county library system, the Colorado River Commission, the State Bureau of Criminal Identification and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. During his governorship, he refused to raise the salary for the state judges for political reasons.

Considered an unattractive man with a sense of humor, Phillips referred to himself as "the ugliest man in Arizona." Phillips died in 1943 from a heart attack while fishing on Lake Mary near Flagstaff, Arizona. He was entombed at Greenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery in Phoenix.[1]

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Additional reading[edit]

  • "Arizona Governor John C. Phillips". Former Governors' Bios. National Governors Association. May 3, 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  • Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol.1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.
  • Goff, John F. Arizona Biographical Dictionary. Black Mountain Press. Cave Creek, Arizona 1983. p. 263
Political offices
Preceded by
George W. P. Hunt
Governor of Arizona
1929–1931
Succeeded by
George W. P. Hunt