Ralph G. Brooks

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Ralph G. Brooks
Ralph G. Brooks.jpg
Ralph G. Brooks, c. 1959
29th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 8, 1959 – September 9, 1960
Preceded byVictor E. Anderson
Succeeded byDwight W. Burney
Personal details
Ralph Gilmour Brooks

(1898-07-06)July 6, 1898
Eustis, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedSeptember 9, 1960(1960-09-09) (aged 62)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Darleene L. Day
Alma materNebraska Wesleyan University; University of Nebraska College of Law

Ralph Gilmour Brooks (July 6, 1898 – September 9, 1960) was an American Democratic politician who served as the 29th Governor of Nebraska.

Early life[edit]

Brooks was born in Eustis, Nebraska. His father was a farmer and operated a store. Brooks' family lived in Kearney, Elm Creek, and Sargent during his childhood. He graduated from Sargent High School in 1916, and taught in Cherry and Custer County Schools.

Brooks enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1920, and earned many debate honors. He won the National Oratorical Peace Contest in 1923. He was a member of the College Council, assistant editor of the college paper, and employed by the State Highway Department as Associate Editor of the department magazine. After graduating in 1925, he attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar Association in 1930.[1]


While teaching at Hartington, Nebraska, Brooks earned a Master of Arts in school administration in 1932 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[2] He served at a number of high schools in Nebraska and Iowa, and married Darleene L. Day on December 24, 1934. The couple had one child.[3]

In 1942, he sought and won the Democratic nomination for Congress in the first district, but lost to the Republican, Carl Curtis, in the general election.[4] Moving to McCook, Nebraska in 1946, he became Superintendent of Schools and President of McCook Junior College.

Winning the Democratic nomination, Brooks was elected Governor of Nebraska by popular vote on November 4, 1958. While he was in office, he promoted industrial growth, endorsed a traffic safety program, and fought for accelerated Interstate Highway construction.[5]


While still in office, Brooks died on September 9, 1960. He is interred at Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska USA.[6]


  1. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Nebraska Governor Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ralph G. Brooks". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 5, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victor E. Anderson
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Dwight W. Burney