Dan Edward Garvey

Dan Edward Garvey (June 19 1886 - February 5 1974) was Governor of Arizona from 1948 to 1951.

Early career

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he graduated from St. Aloysius High School and he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1909, he moved to Arizona Territory to work as a railroad accountant for Randolph Railroad Co., a company later absorbed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Later, he entered the automobile business, but it failed during the Great Depression.

Political career

Garvey was hired by the Pima County treasurer's office in 1931. He became Pima County treasurer in 1935 and Tucson city treasurer in 1938. Garvey became known throughout Arizona during the next two decades as a dedicated public servant. He moved to Phoenix in 1940 when he was hired as assistant to Secretary of State Harry M. Moore. Upon Moore's death in 1942, he was appointed secretary of state by Gov. Sidney P. Osborn.

Garvey assumed the governorship when Osborn died in May 1948. A well-known and popular state official, Garvey won re-election on the Democratic ticket in 1948. Garvey presided over one of the largest growth periods in Arizona history between 1948-1951. A large majority of Arizona newcomers were Republicans and Arizona became a bona fide two-party state for the first time. Garvey was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1950 by Ana Frohmiller.

At the end of his elected term as governor, Garvey was appointed Arizona administrator for the Federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In 1955 Gov. Ernest W. McFarland appointed him state examiner, a post held until retirement in 1969.


Goff, John F. Arizona Biographical Dictionary. Black Mountain Press. Cave Creek, Arizona 1983. p. 268

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