Master of Arts in History
Eugene Moehring, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Joseph (Andy) Fry
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
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.
Democratic party; Education reforms; Engineers; Governors; Irrigation; James G. Scrugham; Mining; Nevada politics; Progressive era; Roads; State parks; Tourism; Transportation; Water management
Legal Biography | Political History | Social History | United States History
Bruno, Paul Robert, "Governor James G. Scrugham and the search for economic prosperity for Nevada, 1923--1927" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 85.