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John Howard Pyle

John Howard Pyle
9th Governor of Arizona
In office
January 1, 1951 – January 3, 1955
Preceded by Dan Edward Garvey
Succeeded by Ernest McFarland
Personal details
Born March 25, 1906
Sheridan, Wyoming
Died November 29, 1987(1987-11-29) (aged 81)
Tempe, Arizona
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lucile Hanna
Profession Broadcaster, politician
Religion Baptist

John Howard Pyle (March 25, 1906 – November 29, 1987) was the ninth Governor of the U.S. state of Arizona, serving from 1951 to 1955. He was a Republican. A 1930 graduate of Arizona State University, he also was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.


  • Biography 1
  • Death 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born in 1906 in Sheridan, Wyoming, Pyle was the first governor of Arizona to be born in the 20th century and was the Program Director of KFAD (now KTAR) Radio in Phoenix from 1930 to 1951. He also served as a war correspondent during World War II and covered the surrender ceremony of the Japanese. Pyle defeated pioneering female politician Ana Frohmiller in his 1950 campaign for governor. He served as Governor of Arizona from 1951 to 1955.[1]

He earned honorary LL.D. degrees from University of Redlands, Chapman University, Arizona State University, Lebanon College and Bradley University.[2]

In 1953, he attempted to break up a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon compound in Colorado City, Arizona, in what became known as the Short Creek Raid, which resulted in two dozen men arrested and 236 children placed in foster homes. This move alienated many voters in the state after photographs of tearful children being forcibly removed from their distraught mothers appeared in the newspapers. Pyle subsequently lost his 1954 re-election bid to former Democratic Senator Ernest McFarland.

Pyle was an aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late 1950s.[3]


The grave site of John Howard Pyle ; Sec. 04- 26.

Pyle died on November 29, 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, and is buried there in the Double Butte Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "Pyle, John Howard (1906-1987)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Obituary
  4. ^ "John Howard Pyle". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 

External links

  • Records of Howard Pyle, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
  • National Governors Association
  • Find A Grave
  • The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Edward Garvey
Governor of Arizona
Succeeded by
Ernest W. McFarland
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