Friday, September 11, 2009

Governors: George Dewey Clyde


George Dewey Clyde was born in 1898 in Springville, Utah. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering and taught classes at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University), that focused on hydraulic and fluid mechanics and irrigation methods. He was a successful researcher and published nearly 50 articles in engineering journals. Governor Blood appointed Clyde as the State Water Conservator in 1934, at the height of Utah’s worst drought.

As governor, Clyde emphasized strict economy in government and advocated for states’ water rights against the federal government. Utah saw some great changes during Clyde’s years as governor. He oversaw the construction of a multimillion-dollar interstate highway, the building of the University of Utah’s medical school, and the creation of Canyonlands National Park. He defended minority rights, opposing a “Sunday closing” bill, arguing that not all religions viewed Sunday as the Sabbath. He remained unfailingly dedicated to water projects in Utah during his two terms as governor.


Everett “Ev” Clark Thorpe (1904–1983) began his art career as a sports artist for The Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune. In Utah, he studied under LeConte Stewart and Calvin Fletcher. He also studied art at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, Syracuse University, and the Hans Hofmann School of Art in Massachusetts. Thorpe taught art at Utah State University for 40 years, and his work ranged from illustration to portraiture to mural projects. Thorpe painted Governor Clyde in his professional environment, standing in Utah’s arid southwest desert with plans for the Glen Canyon dam in hand.

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