Herbert Brown Maw (March 11, 1893 – November 17, 1990) was an American politician and the eighth Governor of Utah. He served as governor from 1941 to 1949. He was a Democrat and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Herbert Maw
Herbert B. Maw.jpg
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
May 28, 1944 – July 1, 1945
Preceded byLeverett Saltonstall
Succeeded byEd Martin
8th Governor of Utah
In office
January 6, 1941 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byHenry H. Blood
Succeeded byJ. Bracken Lee
Personal details
Herbert Brown Maw

(1893-03-11)March 11, 1893
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 1990(1990-11-17) (aged 97)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Florence Buehler
EducationUniversity of Utah (BS, LLB)
Northwestern University (MA, JD)

Early lifeEdit

Maw was born in Ogden in the Utah Territory. When he was seven his family moved to Salt Lake City. He studied at LDS High School as a youth.[1]


Maw received his LLB and BS from the University of Utah, an MA from Northwestern University in 1926 and a JD also from Northwestern in 1927.[1]


Maw was trained as a pilot by the Aviation Corps during World War I at Kelley Air Base in Texas.[2] Before he was deployed in this service he was made an LDS Chaplain with the rank of First Lieutenant and assigned to work with the 89th Division at Camp Funston, Kansas. He was then sent to Europe and after the end of the war served in the Army of Occupation in Germany.[1] Maw was one of only three LDS chaplains in the US military during World War I.[3][4]

Early careerEdit

Maw taught at LDS Business College from 1916 to 1917 and from 1919 to 1923. He was a professor of speech at the University of Utah from 1927 until 1940. Maw served as Dean of Men at the University of Utah from 1928 until 1936.[1][5] Maw was influential on the development of the University of Utah and its future course.[6]

Political careerEdit

Maw was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1928 where he served until 1938.[1][5] Maw served as the President of the Utah State Senate from 1934 until 1938. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in 1934 and Governor in 1936. His loss was partly a result of his strong support of measures to help workers.[5] Maw's winning the Democratic nomination in 1940 was largely the result of his successful push for direct primaries.[5]

Maw was first elected governor of Utah in 1940, defeating Republican Don B. Colton.[7] While serving as governor Maw pushed through reductions in the utility rates and regulations on ore extraction in the state.

In 1944 Maw was narrowly re-elected over Republican J. Bracken Lee in the closest gubernatorial election in Utah history.[8] In 1948 Maw lost to Lee in a re-match.[9] In this election Maw was a clear and consistent opponent of liberalizing Utah's drinking laws.[7]

Religious lifeEdit

Maw held many positions in the LDS Church. He was a Sunday School teacher in both Salt Lake City and Chicago. He also taught in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA) and was a ward and stake leader of that organization. In 1928 and 1929, he was the Superintendent of the Liberty Stake Sunday School, during which years he was also a member of the stake high council. From 1928 to 1935, Maw was a member of the general board of the YMMIA. In December 1935, Maw became a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union General Board.[1]


Maw married Florence Buehler on June 22, 1922. They had five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jenson, Andrew (1936). Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 4. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson Memorial Association (Printed by The Deseret News Press). pp. 5566 2165596 17. ISBN 1-58958-026-5.
  2. ^ Maher, Richard. For God and Country: Memorable Stories from the Lives of Mormon Chaplains (Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers, 1976) p. 16
  3. ^ Gunther, John (1947). Inside U.S.A. New York, London: Harper & Brothers. p. 207.
  4. ^ Mangum, James I. The Influence of the First World War on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Provo: Thesis at Brigham Young University, 2007) p. 4, 8
  5. ^ a b c d National Governors Association
  6. ^ University of Utah Sesquicentennial Exhibit Archived September 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Powell, Allan Kent (1994), "Elections in the State of Utah", in Powell, Allan Kent (ed.), Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917
  8. ^ Landslides and Slim Victories – A Utah Political Moment Archived August 10, 2001, at Archive.today
  9. ^ "Utah's Nastiest Race – A Utah Political Moment". Archived from the original on May 25, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry H. Blood
Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah
1940, 1944, 1948
Succeeded by
Earl J. Glade
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry H. Blood
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
J. Bracken Lee
Preceded by
Leverett Saltonstall
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Ed Martin