Edgar Whitcomb

American politician (1917-2016)

Edgar Doud Whitcomb (November 6, 1917 – February 4, 2016)[1] was an American politician. He was the 43rd Governor of Indiana.[1] He served from 1969 to 1973.[1]

Edgar Whitcomb
Edgar Doud Whitcomb (cropped).jpg
Whitcomb in 2006
43rd Governor of Indiana
In office
January 13, 1969 – January 8, 1973
LieutenantRichard Folz
Preceded byRoger Branigin
Succeeded byOtis Bowen
Secretary of State of Indiana
In office
December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1968
GovernorRoger Branigin
Preceded byJohn Bortoff
Succeeded byWilliam Salin
Personal details
Born(1917-11-06)November 6, 1917
Hayden, Indiana, U.S.
DiedFebruary 4, 2016(2016-02-04) (aged 98)
Rome, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Patricia Dolfus
(m. 1953-1986, divorced)
Evelyn Gayer
(m. 2013-2016, his death)
Alma materIndiana University, Bloomington
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUSAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg United States Army Air Corps
Seal of the United States Army Reserve.svg United States Army Reserve
Years of service1940–1946 (Army Air Corps)
1946–1977 (Army Reserve)
RankUS-O2 insignia.svg Lieutenant (Army Air Corps)
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel (Army Reserve)
Battles/warsWorld War II
 • Fall of the Philippines 1941-2
 • Battle of Bataan
 • Battle of Corregidor
Edgar Doud Whitcomb (born November 6, 1917) was the 43rd Governor of Indiana.

Whitcomb was born in Hayden, Indiana.[1] Whitcomb died February 4, 2016 at his home in Rome, Indiana from heart failure at the age of 98.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Governor Edgard Doud Whitcomb". National Governor's Association. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  2. "Ex-Indiana Gov. Whitcomb, prison of war in WWII, dies at 98". WTHR. 4 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.

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Preceded by
Raúl Héctor Castro
Oldest living American governor
April 10, 2015 – February 4, 2016
Succeeded by
David P. Buckson