Dan E. Garvey Edit Profile
Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Garvey graduated from St. Aloysius High School and worked for the Illinois Central Railroad.
He was the first of many people to ascend to the office of Governor from the Secretaryship. In 1909, he moved to the Arizona Territory to work as a railroad accountant for Randolph Railroad Co., a company later absorbed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Later, he entered the automobile business, but it failed during the Great Depression.
Garvey was hired by the Pima County treasurer's office in 1931. He became Pima County treasurer in 1935 and Tucson city treasurer in 1938. Garvey became known throughout Arizona during the next two decades as a dedicated public servant.
He moved to Phoenix in 1940 when he was hired as assistant to Secretary of State Harry M. Moore. Upon Moore's death in 1942, Garvey was appointed to succeed him by Governor Sidney P. Osborn, himself the first Secretary of State during most of the 1910s. Garvey was elected to the office twice, in 1944 and 1946.
Garvey assumed the governorship, in accordance with Arizona law, when Osborn died on May 25, 1948. He presided over one of the largest growth periods in Arizona history between 1948-1951. At the end of his elected term as governor, Garvey was appointed Arizona administrator for the federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
In 1955, Governor Ernest W. McFarland appointed him state examiner, a post he held until his retirement in 1969.
A large majority of Arizona newcomers were Republicans and Arizona became a bona fide two-party state for the first time.
Married Thirza Jeannette Vail, February 20, 1912. Children: Dan E., Dorothy (Mistress C. I. Smith Junior.