About this Famous Person
American businessman and politician, 11th Governor of Arizona
Source : Tim DOWLING
Paul Fannin was born in Ashland, Kentucky, to Thomas Newton and Rhoda Catherine (née Davis) Fannin. His father worked as a dairy farmer and also owned a harness shop. Fannin and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was eight months old due to his father's health. He received his early education at Kenilworth Elementary School, and graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1925.
Fannin attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1930. He then returned to Phoenix, where he joined his family's hardware business. He and his brother Ernest later established the Fannin Gas and Supply Company, a gas and petroleum equipment company. He served as president of the company from 1945 until 1956, when he and his brother sold the company.
In 1934, Fannin married Elma Addington, to whom he remained married until her death in 2001; the couple had one daughter and three sons.