Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

Advisor 1

Eugene Moehring, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Joseph (Andy) Fry

Second Committee Member

Colin Loader

Graduate Faculty Representative

Skip Swerdlow

Number of Pages

134

Abstract

James G. Scrugham, Nevada's 14 th governor, assumed office during the economic downturn of the early 1920s. The Comstock, and Tonopah - Goldfield mining boom days were in the past, and the new governor made development of a sustainable economic model for the state the top priority of his administration.

Governor Scrugham focused on education, irrigation, parks, and highways as vehicles for economic development, and significant accomplishments were made in all these areas during his term. The governor's initiatives, however, failed to immediately alter the state's economy away from agriculture and mining. The passage of the gambling and divorce bill in 1931 laid the foundation for Nevada's future prosperity, which developed after the end of the Second World War.

Keywords

Democratic party; Education reforms; Engineers; Governors; Irrigation; James G. Scrugham; Mining; Nevada politics; Progressive era; Roads; State parks; Tourism; Transportation; Water management

Disciplines

Legal Biography | Political History | Social History | United States History

Language

English


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