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Tasker Lowndes Oddie (October 20, 1870–February 17, 1950) was a Governor of Nevada and a United States Senator.

He was born in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker, attended New York University Law Schoolmarker and came west to look after business interests of the wealthy Stokes family. He joined the Nevada Bar in 1898, and made his fortune in the 1900 silver boom in Tonopahmarker, becoming manager of the Tonopah Mining Company.

He served as governor between 1911 and 1915 (as he was not married at the time, his mother Ellen Oddie and his sisters acted as official hostesses). On March 17, 1911 he signed the city charter for Las Vegasmarker. He married Daisy Randal Mackeigan in 1918.

He was a Republican senator from 1921 to 1933, losing his bid for a third term to Pat McCarran in 1932. Oddie won the Republican Senate nomination in 1938 but was defeated again by McCarran by a considerably wider margin than in 1932.

He died in San Franciscomarker and is buried in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nevadamarker.

Monuments and memorials

Mount Oddie near Tonopah is named after him, as is Oddie Boulevard in Renomarker and Sparksmarker.

References

  • Loren Chan, Sagebrush Statesman: Tasker L. Oddie of Nevada (University of Nevada Press, Reno, 1973)



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