Ralph H. Cameron

Ralph H. Cameron

Infobox Senator | name=Ralph Henry Cameron

jr/sr and state=United States Senator
from Arizona
preceded=Marcus A. Smith
succeeded=Carl Hayden
office3=Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona Territory
preceded3=Marcus A. Smith
succeeded3=Carl T. Hayden
date of birth=birth date|1863|10|21|mf=y
place of birth=Southport, Maine
date of death=death date and age|1953|2|12|1863|10|21|mf=y
place of death=Washington, D.C.
spouse=Ida May Spaulding (1895-1933) div.
Elizabeth Reese (1935-)

Ralph Henry Cameron (October 21, 1863–February 12, 1953) was an American Republican politician, and a delegate and Senator from the state of Arizona. He died while on a business trip to Washington, D.C. on February 12, 1953, and is interred in the American Legion Cemetery in Grand Canyon National Park.


Ralph Henry Cameron was born in Southport, Lincoln County, Maine on October 21, 1863. At an early age he moved to the Western US and became interested in mining and stock raising, creating the Bright Angel Trail, a hiking trail in Grand Canyon National Park. He moved to Arizona Territory in 1883, and became Sheriff of Coconino County in 1891 and from 1894 to 1898, as well as the chairman of that county's Board of Supervisors from 1905 to 1907. In 1908, he was elected to the US Congress as the delegate from Arizona, and he served in that regard until 1912, when Arizona was admitted into the Union as a state. Cameron then resumed his mining interests in Phoenix, Arizona for the next 8 years, until he ran and was elected for Senator of Arizona, besting Marcus A. Smith for the title. He served in that position until 1926, when Carl Hayden won the election over him. Cameron was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain the title in 1928, and spent the next several years mining in North Carolina, Georgia and California for mica and gold. He then resided in Los Angeles and Yuma, Arizona until his death while on a business trip to Washington, D.C. in 1953.

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