Tasker Oddie

Tasker Lowndes Oddie (October 20, 1870 – February 17, 1950) was an American politician. He was the 12th Governor of Nevada and a United States Senator. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Tasker Oddie
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United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byCharles B. Henderson
Succeeded byPat McCarran
12th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 2, 1911 – January 4, 1915
LieutenantGilbert C. Ross
Preceded byDenver S. Dickerson
Succeeded byEmmet D. Boyle
Member of the Nevada Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1870-10-20)October 20, 1870
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 1950(1950-02-17) (aged 79)
San Francisco, U.S.
Resting placeLone Mountain Cemetery
Carson City, Nevada
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Daisy Randal Mackeigan
EducationNew York University Law School


Oddie was born on October 20, 1870 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from New York University Law School with an LL.B. in 1895 and practiced law in New York until 1898, when he moved to Nevada to become the attorney and business agent for the wealthy Stokes family. He joined the Nevada Bar in 1898.[1]


Oddie moved to and made his fortune in the 1900 silver boom in Tonopah, becoming manager of the Tonopah Mining Company. He was the Nye County District Attorney from 1900 to 1902.[2] He was a member of the Nevada State Senate from 1903 to 1906.

He served as governor between 1911 and 1915 (as he was not married at the time, his mother Ellen Oddie and his sisters acted as official hostesses). On March 17, 1911 he signed the city charter for Las Vegas. During his tenure, women got the right to vote, a state motor vehicle law was sanctioned, mining safety legislation was endorsed, and there were improvements to workmen's compensation benefits.[3]

He married Daisy Rendall on November 30, 1916.[4]

He was a senator from 1921 to 1933, losing his bid for a third term to Pat McCarran in 1932. Oddie won the Republican Senate nomination in 1938 but was defeated again by McCarran by a considerably wider margin than in 1932.

Death and legacyEdit

Oddie died on February 17, 1950 in San Francisco at the age of 79. He is interred at Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nevada. Mount Oddie near Tonopah is named after him, as is Oddie Boulevard in Reno and Sparks.


  1. ^ "Tasker Oddie". Nevada State Library and Archives. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Tasker Oddie". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Tasker Oddie". National Governors Association. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Tasker Oddie". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 October 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Denver S. Dickerson
Governor of Nevada
1911 – 1915
Succeeded by
Emmet D. Boyle
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Charles B. Henderson
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Nevada
1921 – 1933
Served alongside: Key Pittman
Succeeded by
Pat McCarran