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Ernest McFarland

politician and lawyer

Ernest William "Mac" McFarland (October 9, 1894 – June 8, 1984) was an American politician. He is the only Arizonan to serve in the highest office in all three branches of Arizona government, two at the state level, one at the federal level.

Ernest McFarland
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Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 1968 – December 31, 1968
Preceded byCharles C. Bernstein
Succeeded byJesse Addison Udall
Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
In office
January 4, 1965 – January 4, 1971
Preceded byEdward W. Scruggs
Succeeded byJames Duke Cameron
10th Governor of Arizona
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 5, 1959
Preceded byJohn Howard Pyle
Succeeded byPaul Fannin
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
DeputyLyndon Johnson
Preceded byScott W. Lucas
Succeeded byRobert A. Taft
Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byScott W. Lucas
Succeeded byLyndon B. Johnson
United States Senator
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byHenry F. Ashurst
Succeeded byBarry Goldwater
Personal details
Born
Ernest William McFarland

(1894-10-09)October 9, 1894
Earlsboro, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 1984(1984-06-08) (aged 89)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Resting placeGreenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery
Phoenix, Arizona
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Clare Collins
(m. 1926; died 1930)

Eveland Smith (m. 1939)
EducationEast Central University
University of Oklahoma (BA)
Stanford University (JD, MA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1917–1919
Battles/warsWorld War I

He was a Democratic Senator from Arizona from 1941 to 1953 (Majority Leader from 1951 to 1953) before he was the tenth governor of Arizona from 1955 to 1959. Finally, McFarland sat as Chief Justice on the Arizona Supreme Court in 1968.

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