The First Republican Sheriff of Pinal County

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Pinal Nugget

Iowe the first Republican sheriff elected in Pinal County an apology. Last year I wrote an article about James McGee being the first Republican sheriff elected in Pinal County (1906). I pointed out that Sheriff Paul Babeu or his public information people had been claiming he was the first Republican elected in the history of Pinal County (founded 1875) on the Pinal County Government website and during his re-election campaign. Sheriff Babeu was nice enough to remove the statement from the Pinal County Sheriff Department website. Since then while doing research for some historical articles, I discovered that I made a mistake. I will admit I was wrong and should have done more research. James McGee was not the first Republican Sheriff elected in Pinal County. Yes, he was a Republican just not the first.

It turns out that there were two other Republican sheriffs in Pinal County during territorial days. They were L.K. Drais (1892-1893) and A.J. Doran (1883-1884). There were at least a dozen or more Republicans elected to Pinal County positions including treasurer and supervisor. Two lived along the Copper Corridor, E.O. Stratton of American Flag, owner of the Inter-Ocean Ranch and E.W. Childs a merchant in Mammoth. In 1894 alone, the Republicans swept the election except for the office of sheriff. That would make Sheriff Paul far from the first Republican elected in the history of Pinal County, yet the Paul Babeu for Sheriff Committee continues to propagate this falsehood while collecting campaign donations from around the country on their website www.sheriffpaul.com.

It turns out that Andrew James “A.J.” Doran was the first Republican sheriff of Pinal County. Doran is mentioned on the Pinal County Government website but only as one of the contractors that built the second courthouse in Florence in 1890-91. This court house still stands today. Doran was one of the most prominent pioneers of Arizona, first in the Florence area and then in Prescott. Maybe they can add first Republican sheriff to his history on the Pinal County website.

John Hernandez (439 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    The Bubbly Hostess Makes Fresh Basil Pesto

    August 5th, 2016
    by

    I absolutely love pesto, so when my basil plant was getting a little out of control this summer, I decided […]


    Arizona Ziplines to host Peppersauce Roundup

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

      One of the biggest events to ever happen in the Oracle area will take place this September. Arizona Zipline […]


    Historic building in Miami houses Sullivan Street Galleria de Art

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

      The Sullivan Street Galleria de Art in Miami, Arizona has been open since October 2015 and by all appearances, […]


    Oracle State Park weekend programs appeal to nature lovers 

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

      Programs exploring the natural world and sky are featured during August and September at Oracle State Park Center for […]


  • Additional Stories

    The Globe International Murder Mystery

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

    The International Lodging House in Globe, Arizona was built and owned by Pasquale Nigro, an Italian immigrant in the early […]


    Exploring the art of Elizabeth Eaton

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

      Elizabeth Eaton has been involved with photography most of her adult life. She enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Miami, […]


    Globe’s Drift Inn Saloon

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

      The Drift Inn Saloon is one of the oldest continuously open bars in Arizona. The saloon was founded in […]


    Free cellphone snapshots, basic photography classes Aug. 13

    July 22nd, 2016
    by

      Just back from a two-week photo safari to Alaska where she coached high-end photographers using powerful lenses, Scottsdale artist […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather