Arthur J. Hubbard was born on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Topawa, Arizona Territory just three weeks before Arizona became a state. He grew up in Ganado, Arizona. He was a trombone player and singer. He studied at the University of Arizona. In 1935, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
During WWII, he trained over 200 men to transmit coded messages in the Navajo language. After being discharged in 1945, the Governor Jack Williams appointed him the Director of Indian Development for the District of Arizona. He also worked as a water rights advisor and taught the Navajo culture and language at Arizona State University. He was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame and the Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame. He died in 2014, he was 102 years young.
What you may not know about Arthur is that he was elected to the Arizona State Legislature, making him the first Native American Senator for Arizona.
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