About Tasker Lowndes Oddie
Tasker Lowndes Oddie (October 20, 1870 – February 17, 1950) was an American politician. He was the 12th Governor of Nevada and a United States Senator. He was a member of the Republican Party.
Oddie was born on October 20, 1870 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He attended New York University Law School and came west to look after business interests of the wealthy Stokes family. He joined the Nevada Bar in 1898, and made his fortune in the 1900 silver boom in Tonopah, becoming manager of the Tonopah Mining Company.
He served as governor between 1911 and 1915 (as he was not married at the time, his mother Ellen Oddie and his sisters acted as official hostesses). On March 17, 1911 he signed the city charter for Las Vegas. He married Daisy Randal Mackeigan in 1918.
He was a senator from 1921 to 1933, losing his bid for a third term to Pat McCarran in 1932. Oddie won the Republican Senate nomination in 1938 but was defeated again by McCarran by a considerably wider margin than in 1932.
Oddie died on February 17, 1950 in San Francisco, California, at the age of 79. He is buried in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nevada.
Monuments and memorials
Mount Oddie near Tonopah is named after him, as is Oddie Boulevard in Reno and Sparks.