Samuel Roy McKelvie
|19th Governor of Nebraska|
January 9, 1919 - January 3, 1923
|Lieutenant||Pelham A. Barrows|
|Charles W. Bryan|
|19th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska|
|Governor||John H. Morehead|
|Melville R. Hopewell|
|Born||April 15, 1881|
near Fairfield, Nebraska
|Died||January 6, 1956 (aged 74)|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Groves De Arnold 1886-1976|
Samuel Roy McKelvie (April 15, 1881 - January 6, 1956) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. McKelvie served as the 19th Governor of Nebraska, from 1919 to 1923. He was also the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, from 1913 to 1915.
McKelvie was born near Fairfield, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Lincoln Business College in 1901. He married Martha (Flossie) DeArnold on June 19, 1904 and the couple had two children. As Martha McKelvie, his spouse was a noted silent movie columnist, and, starting three years after his death, the author of what became a total of twenty-four books, one of them, Presidents, Politicians and People I Have Known, a memoir.
From 1902 to 1905, McKelvie sold advertising for the Twentieth Century Farmer of Omaha, Nebraska. The editor of Nebraska Farmer beginning in 1905, he became principal owner and publisher of that paper by 1908.
McKelvie was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1918, and defeated Democratic incumbent Keith Neville. Reelected in 1920, he saw a state park system initiated, construction plans for a new state capitol building approved, the state accounting system restructured, and forty-one new amendments to the state constitution sanctioned during his tenure. On April 15, 1922, a few months before leaving the governorship, McKelvie helped break ground for the current Nebraska State Capitol.