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Alan Bible, United States senator. Bar: Nevada 1935. Member Masons, Eagles.


Alan Bible was born in Lovelock, Nevada, to Jacob Harvey and Isabel (née Welsh) Bible. His father operated a grocery store and a cattle ranch outside of Lovelock, while his mother worked as a schoolteacher.


They then moved to Fallon, where Bible attended Oak Park Grammar School and Churchill County High School. Bible then studied at the University of Nevada in Reno, from where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1930.


He previously served as Attorney General of Nevada from 1942 to 1950. His family was originally from Germany, and settled in Virginia. Bible's grandfather moved to Ohio before the Civil War and subsequently fought with the Union Army.

The family lived on their ranch until 1919, when a fire destroyed their home. During high school, he was active in debating and served as president of the freshman and senior classes. He joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in his sophomore year, and became class treasurer and assistant editor of The Sagebrush in his junior year.

In 1934, Bible earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. While studying in Washington, he was given a job as an elevator operator in the Capitol Building by Senator Pat McCarran. Bible was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1935 and joined Senator McCarran's law firm in Reno. Six months later, he was appointed district attorney of Storey County, a position he held for three years.

He became active in the affairs of the Democratic Party, organizing a chapter of the Young Democrats and helping select delegates to the state Democratic Committee. From 1938 to 1942, he served as deputy Attorney General of Nevada. He was elected Attorney General of Nevada in 1942, defeating Republican candidate John Rolly Ross by more than 7,000 votes.

During his tenure, he strengthened the state's power to regulate the gambling industry and became an expert in water law. He served as attorney general until 1950, when he returned to private practice. In 1952, Bible was narrowly defeated for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, losing to political newcomer Thomas B. Mechling by 475 votes.

However, after the death of Senator McCarran in September 1954, Bible was elected to the Senate the following November to fill the remainder of McCarran's term. He defeated Republican Ernest S. Brown, who had been appointed to McCarran's seat by Governor Charles H. Russell, by a margin of 58%-42%. He was reelected in 1956, 1962, and again in 1968 and represented Nevada in the United States Senate from December 2, 1954, until his resignation on December 17, 1974.

At this time, Senator Bible was elected to the Board of Directors of Bally Manufacturing Corporation. During his time in the United States Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Eighty-fifth through Ninetieth Congresses), the Joint Committee on Washington Metropolitan Problems (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), and the Select Committee on Small Business (Ninety-first through Ninety-third Congresses). He is buried in Reno, Nevada.


  • Bar: Nevada 1935.


A believer should support social climates, in which human communities are maintained and strengthened for the sake of all persons and their growth.


Church should organize delegations to different ecumenical conferences throughout the world and actively participate in the global inter-religious dialogues.


A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1954 to 1974. He also became a prominent member of the political machine run by Senator McCarran.


Married Loucile Jacks, November 17, 1939. Children: Debra Watkins, Paul Alfred, William Alan, David Milton.

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Isabel (Welsh) Bible

Loucile Jacks

Paul Alfred Bible

Debra Watkins Bible

William Alan Bible

David Milton Bible