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James G. Scrugham

In office
December 7, 1942 – June 23, 1945
Preceded by Berkeley L. Bunker
Succeeded by Edward P. Carville

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1933 – December 7, 1942
Preceded by Samuel S. Arentz
Succeeded by Maurice J. Sullivan

In office
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
Preceded by Emmet D. Boyle
Succeeded by Fred B. Balzar

Born January 19, 1880(1880-01-19)
Lexington, Kentucky
Died June 23, 1945 (aged 65)
San Diego, California
Political party Democratic
Profession Professor

James Graves Scrugham (January 19, 1880 – June 23, 1945) was a Representative, a Senator, and the 14th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada.

Scrugham was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1880. He graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1906, He was a professor of mechanical engineering, Engineering College, University of Nevada from 1903 to 1914 and dean from 1914 to 1917. He was state public service commissioner from 1919 to 1923. He was the Governor of Nevada between 1923 and 1927. He was the editor and publisher of the Nevada State Journal from 1927 to 1932. He became a special adviser to the Secretary of the Interior on Colorado River development projects in 1927.

Later, he was elected as a Democrat to Congress and served from 1933 until December 7, 1942, when he resigned, having been elected to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term of Key Pittman on November 3, 1942. Scrugham served from December 7, 1942, until his death in San Diego, California, on June 23, 1945.

The University of Nevada named a building for him. The James G. Scrugham Engineering & Mines Building, opened in 1963, houses the dean's office and several departments in the College of Engineering, as well as the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.[1]


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United States Senate
Preceded by
Berkeley L. Bunker
United States Senator (Class 1) from Nevada
Served alongside: Pat McCarran
Succeeded by
Edward P. Carville
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel S. Arentz
United States House of Representatives, At-Large
Succeeded by
Maurice J. Sullivan
Political offices
Preceded by
Emmet D. Boyle
Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Fred B. Balzar


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