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Joseph Bracken Lee

  • Birth 6 Jan 1899 Price, Carbon County, Utah, USA
  • Death 20 Oct 1996 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Plot East Masonic 221-2
  • Memorial ID 10344419

Utah Governor. He was considered one of the most colorful politicians in Utah history. He was a fiscal conservative and was known to have a fiery temper. Although he came from a Mormon background, he was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints himself. Despite this handicap, he was elected as Governor of Utah from 1948 to 1956 and Mayor of Salt Lake City from 1962 to 1974 as a Republican. After serving in the Army during World War I, he joined his father selling insurance and real estate. In 1920, he married Nellie Pace. She died of Hodgkin's disease shortly after the birth of their daughter. In 1928, Lee re-married Margaret Draper from Wellington, Utah, and they were the parents of three more children. In 1931, he ran for mayor of Price, Utah but was defeated. He ran again in 1935 and won by just two votes. He remained in that office for 12 years. Lee became Governor of Utah in 1948 after two previous and unsuccessful attempts in 1940 and 1944. As Governor, he was both colorful and controversial. He became nationally known for his fiscal conservatism and his opposition to income tax, foreign aid, and the United Nations. Although he was well respected for his integrity and economy, he also made many enemies among state educators because of his fiscal cuts to education.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10344419
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Bracken Lee (6 Jan 1899–20 Oct 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10344419, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .