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Edward Peter Carville

Gov. Edward Peter Carville

  • January 2, 1939 - July 24, 1945
  • Democratic
  • May 14, 1885
  • June 27, 1956
  • Nevada
  • Notre Dame University
  • Married Irma M. Callahan; three children
  • Resigned
  • Senator


EDWARD P. CARVILLE, the eighteenth governor of Nevada, was born in Mound Valley, Nevada, on May 14, 1885. His education was attained at Notre Dame University, where he earned his law degree in 1909. After being admitted to the bar, Carville established a successful legal practice in Elko. He was appointed Deputy District Attorney in 1910 to 1911. He first entered politics as the district attorney of Elko County, a position he held from 1912 to 1918. He also was the district judge of Elko County from 1928 to 1934, and served as the U.S. attorney for Nevada from 1934 to 1938. Carville next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in November 1938. He was reelected to a second term in 1942. During his tenure, World War II issues were addressed and economy and good government promoted. Carville resigned from the governorship on July 24, 1945 when appointed to the U.S. Senate, a position he held until January 3, 1947. He subsequently practiced law in Reno. Governor Edward P. Carville passed away on June 27, 1956, and was buried in the Nevada Memorial Park Mausoleum in Reno, Nevada.


Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Nevada State Archives: Edward Peter Carville 1939-1945

Nevada State Library and Archives: Nevada Governors' Biographical Information

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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