Ralph G. Brooks

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Ralph G. Brooks
Gov. Ralph G. Brooks, c. 1959
29th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 8, 1959 – September 9, 1960
Preceded by Victor E. Anderson
Succeeded by Dwight W. Burney
Personal details
Born Ralph Gilmour Brooks
June 6, 1898
Eustis, Nebraska
Died September 9, 1960 (aged 62)
Political party Democratic party
Spouse(s) Darleene L. Day
Children one
Alma mater Nebraska Wesleyan University; University of Nebraska College of Law

Ralph Gilmour Brooks (July 6, 1898 – September 9, 1960) was a Nebraska Democratic politician and the 29th Governor of Nebraska.

Brooks was born in Eustis, Nebraska. His father was a farmer and operated a store. Brooks' family lived in Kearney, Elm Creek, and Sargent during his childhood. He graduated from Sargent High School in 1916, and taught in Cherry and Custer County Schools.

Brooks enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1920, and earned many debate honors. He won the National Oratorical Peace Contest in 1923. He was a member of the College Council, assistant editor of the college paper, and employed by the State Highway Department as Associate Editor of the department magazine. After graduating in 1925, he attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar Association in 1930.[1]


While teaching at Hartington, Nebraska, Brooks earned a Masters of Art in school administration in 1932 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[2] He served at a number of high schools in Nebraska and Iowa, and married Darleene L. Day on December 24, 1934. The couple had one child.[3]

In 1942, he sought and won the Democratic nomination for Congress in the first district, but lost to the Republican, Carl Curtis, in the general election.[4] Moving to McCook, Nebraska in 1946, he became Superintendent of Schools and President of McCook Junior College.

Winning the Democratic nomination, Brooks was elected Governor of Nebraska by popular vote on November 8, 1958. While he was in office, industrial growth was promoted, a traffic safety program was endorsed, and he fought for accelerated Interstate Highway construction.[5]


While still in office, Brooks died on September 9, 1960. He is interred at Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska USA.[6]


  1. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nebraska Governor Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". Find A Grave. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victor E. Anderson
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Dwight W. Burney