J. Bracken Lee

Joseph Bracken Lee ( born January 7, 1899 in Price, Utah; † 20 October 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah) was an American politician ( Republican), who was from 1949 to 1957 Governor of the State of Utah.


Early years

Lee graduated from Carbon County High School. He then joined the U.S. Army and served during the First World War, where he most recently held the rank of Sergeant. After the war he engaged in real estate and insurance business. He spent six years as mayor of Price, Utah. During this time, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. Congress and to the Office of the Governor of Utah.

Governor of Utah

However, he won the gubernatorial elections of 1948 and 1952. As Governor Lee was known for his opposition to the federal income tax. Furthermore, the highway it has been expanded in part, what happened as a result of increasing fuel taxes, while personal income tax rates. In 1957 he was appointed National Chairman of " For America ", a group that rejected the super - internationalism and the "return to the Constitution " sought.

Further CV

He ran unsuccessfully in 1958 for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In the following year he bought the Republican weekly Utah Statesman and renamed it to American Statesman. In 1960 he was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, where he worked until his retirement in 1971.

Lee was married twice and that with Nellie Amelia Pace and Margaret Ethel Draper. From the first marriage went a common child, and from the second three.