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

James G. Scrugham
James G. Scrugham (Nevada Governor and US Senator).jpg
United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
December 7, 1942 – June 23, 1945
Preceded byBerkeley L. Bunker
Succeeded byEdward 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 bySamuel S. Arentz
Succeeded byMaurice J. Sullivan
14th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
LieutenantMaurice J. Sullivan
Preceded byEmmet D. Boyle
Succeeded byFred B. Balzar
Personal details
Born(1880-01-19)January 19, 1880
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedJune 23, 1945(1945-06-23) (aged 65)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Resting placeMasonic Memorial Gardens
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic


Scrugham was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1880.[1] He graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1900, and received his master's degree in 1906.[2] He was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada from 1903 to 1914.[2] He was dean of the school of engineering from 1913 to 1917.[2]

During the First World War, he was commissioned as a major in the United States Army in 1917 and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1918.[3] After the war, he remained in the military as a member of the Organized Reserve Corps.[2] He was state public service commissioner from 1919 to 1923.[2] He was the Governor of Nevada between 1923 and 1927.[4] He was the editor and publisher of the Nevada State Journal from 1927 to 1932.[5] He became a special adviser to the Secretary of the Interior on Colorado River development projects in 1927.[6]

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.[5] Scrugham served from December 7, 1942 until his death on June 23, 1945 in San Diego, California, at the age of 65.[5]

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.[7]

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  1. ^ Leonard, John William (1922). Who's Who in Engineering. 1. Brooklyn, NY: John W. Leonard Corporation. p. 1122.
  2. ^ a b c d e Who's Who in Engineering.
  3. ^ "Biography, James G. Scrugham". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Washington, DC: Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved January 25, 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "Biography, James G. Scrugham". Nevada: Past Governors Bios. Washington, DC: National Governors Association. Retrieved January 25, 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Congressional Biography".
  6. ^ "NGA Biography, James G. Scrugham".
  7. ^ "Scrugham Engineering and Mines". Around Campus. Reno, NV: University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved January 25, 2017.

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