James H. Kerby


Served as Secretary of State: 1923 – 1928; 1933 – 1938
Born: April 30, 1881, Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri
Died: Sept. 11, 1957, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz.
Buried: Sept. 13, 1957, Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz.

"Kerby, who died yesterday at his Phoenix home, was first elected secretary of state in 1922 and served two separate terms of six years each." ("James Kerby Funeral Set Tomorrow." Tucson Daily Citizen, Sept. 12, 1957, p. 16)

Kerby left the office twice - in 1928 and in 1938 - to run unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor.


Name:  James Haden Kerby

Name as Secretary of State:  James H. Kerby

Education:  Public school; a commercial course, Quincy, Illinois

Occupations:  A. C. Co. drug department, Clifton; Cromb & Shannon meat market bookkeeper, Clifton; deputy to Assessor John J. Birdno, Graham County 1907 – 1911; County Assessor, Greenlee County; farm owner; county contractor; real estate dealer

Memberships: Arizona County Assessors’ Association; Elks' Lodge No.  1174, Clifton; Coronado Masonic Lodge No. 8, F. & A. M., Clifton

Sources:  Birth and education:  Who’s Who in Arizona, 1913, p. 566; middle name:  name and clear signature on World War I draft registration; death and burial:  AZ death record; occupations:  Who’s Who in Arizona, 1913; World War I draft registration, 1920 U.S. AZ census, AZ death record.