Dan Edward Garvey

Dan Edward Garvey
8th Governor of Arizona
In office
May 25, 1948  January 1, 1951
Preceded by Sidney Preston Osborn
Succeeded by John Howard Pyle
9th Secretary of State of Arizona
In office
November 27, 1942  May 25, 1948
Governor Sidney Preston Osborn
Preceded by Harry M. Moore
Succeeded by Curtis M. Williams
Personal details
Born June 19, 1886
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Died February 5, 1974(1974-02-05) (aged 87)
Tucson, Arizona
Political party Democratic

Dan Edward Garvey (June 19, 1886 – February 5, 1974) was the ninth Secretary of State of Arizona and the eighth Governor of Arizona from 1948 to 1951. He was the first of many people to ascend to the office of Governor from the Secretaryship.

Early career

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Garvey graduated from St. Aloysius High School and worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1909, he moved to the 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, Garvey was appointed to succeed him by Governor Sidney P. Osborn, himself the first Secretary of State during most of the 1910s. Garvey was elected to the office twice, in 1944 and 1946.

Garvey assumed the governorship, in accordance with Arizona law, when Osborn died on May 25, 1948. That fall, Garvey won a full term on the Democratic ticket by a fair margin,[1] despite winning only about 28.04% of the vote in a heavily splintered Democratic primary.[2] He 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 State Auditor Ana Frohmiller in another cluttered primary: Garvey won only 22.55% of the vote compared to her 29.24%.[3]

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


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

Political offices
Preceded by
Harry M. Moore
Secretary of State of Arizona
November 27, 1942  May 25, 1948
Succeeded by
Curtis M. Williams
Preceded by
Sidney Preston Osborn
Governor of Arizona
May 25, 1948  January 1, 1951
Succeeded by
John Howard Pyle

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