Vail Montgomery Pittman

Gov. Vail Montgomery Pittman

Nevada

Term(s)
July 24, 1945 - January 2, 1951

Born
September 17, 1883

Passed
January 29, 1964

Party
Democrat

School(s)
University of the South (Sewanee, TN); Brown's Business College (Kansas City)

Status:
Succeeded

Birth State
Mississippi

Family:
Married Ida Brewington

BIO

VAIL M. PITTMAN, the nineteenth governor of Nevada, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on September 17, 1883. His education was attained at the University of the South and Brown’s Business College. Pittman established a successful publishing career, eventually becoming the owner and editor of several newspapers. He first entered politics as a member of the Nevada State Senate, a position he held from 1925 to 1928. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Nevada from 1943 to 1945. On July 24, 1945, Governor Edward P. Carville resigned from office, and Pittman, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of acting governor. He was elected to a term of his own in 1946. During his tenure, the state became the nation’s leading producer of tungsten; and the development of the Las Vegas strip continued to increase. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Pittman left office on January 2, 1951. He continued to stay politically active, running unsuccessfully for governor in 1954, and serving as a member of the 1960 Democratic National Committee. Governor Vail M. Pittman passed away on January 29, 1964, and was buried in the Masonic Memorial Gardens in Reno, Nevada.

Source

Answers.com

Nevada State Archives: Vail Montgomery Pittman 1945-1951

Nevada State Library and Archives: Nevada Governors' Biographical Information

The Political Graveyard

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.