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1942-1948

Dan E. Garvey

Democrat

Democrat

Served: Nov. 27, 1942 – May 25, 1948
Born: June 19, 1886, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
Died: Feb. 5, 1974, St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz.
Buried: Tucson, Pima County, Ariz.

After Arizona Secretary of State, Harry M. Moore, died on Nov. 20, 1942, Gov. Sidney P. Osborn named assistant Secretary of State, Dan E. Garvey, to the office on Nov. 27, 1942. Secretary of State Garvey was subsequently elected to the office in the November 1944 and 1946 general elections.

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1. Garvey was the first secretary of state to move up to the governor's office on Nov. 22, 1948, upon death of Gov. Sidney P. Osborn. He was considered "acting governor" upon examination of the Arizona Constitution, and there was an uncertainty about how his vacancy in the Office of Secretary of State would be filled.
DAN E. GARVEY
  Biography
  Name:  Daniel “Dan” Edward Garvey
Name as Secretary of State:  Dan E. Garvey
  Notes: When Gov. Sidney P. Osborn died on May 25, 1948, it was noted that "Arizona has no lieutenant governor and no succession law except a brief declaration in the constitution saying that when the governor dies or is absent from the state his duties devolve upon the secretary of state." ("No Precedents to Aid Garvey; Former Tucsonian First to Succeed to State Governorship." Tucson Daily Citizen, May 25, 1948, pp. 1, 13) The 18th Arizona State Legislature, 7th Special Session (Sept. 13, 1948 - Oct. 14, 1948) passed House Concurrent Resolution No. 1 "A Concurrent Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Arizona Relating to Gubernatorial Succession" which was referred to the November 2, 1948 ballot. This passed and, on November 22, 1948, Dan E. Garvey "was formally sworn into office as the state's chief executive at 4:10 p.m. under provisions of the new gubernatorial succession law approved by the voters at the Nov. 2 general election. Since the death of Gov. Sidney P. Osborn last May 25, Garvey has served as acting governor as prescribed at that time in the state's constitution." ("Garvey Sworn in as Governor." Tucson Daily Citizen, November 23, 1948 p. 1) Also, in the November 2, 1948 general election, Dan E. Garvey was elected to a full term as Governor which began January 3, 1949.
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Occupations:  Accountant and auditor for what became the Southern Pacific Transportation Co.; Pima County:  chief deputy assessor, 1927; deputy treasurer, 1929, chief deputy treasurer, 1931; treasurer, 1935 – 1938; City of Tucson treasurer, 1938; assistant Secretary of State, 1939; Arizona administrator of the Federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1950; State Examiner, 1955  – Jan. 1969.
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Firsts: The first Arizona Secretary of State to succeed to the governorship
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Memorial/Resolution: 31st Legislature, 2nd Regular Session, House Concurrent Resolution 2017, “A Concurrent Resolution on the Death of the Honorable Governor Dan E. Garvey,” filed with the Secretary of State, February 26, 1974.
Sources:  Birth:  WWI draft registration; appointment:  "Dan E. Garvey Named Sec'y. of State." Yuma Daily Sun, November 28, 1942, p. 1; death:  "Ex-Gov. Garvey is dead."  Tucson Daily Citizen, February, 6, 1974, p. 4; memorial