J. Bracken Lee
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1899
Date of Death: 1996
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Politician
Spouse: Nellie Emilia Pace (d. 1926)
Margaret Ethel Draper (d. 1989)
Children: Four
Political Party: Republican Party
Conservative Party (1960)
Political Office(s): Mayor of Price,
Governor of Utah,
Mayor of Salt Lake City
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Killed in an atomic explosion
Political Office(s): Governor of Utah

Joseph Bracken Lee (January 7, 1899 – October 20, 1996) was a political figure in the state of Utah, United States. A Republican, he served two terms as the ninth Governor of Utah (1949–57), six two-year terms as mayor of Price, Utah (1935–47), and three terms as the 27th mayor of Salt Lake City (1960–71). A strong fiscal conservative, Lee made deep spending cuts in the state budget. He lost the Republican primary in 1956, and launched an unsuccessful third party run to keep the governorship. In 1960, he was the Conservative Party's nominee for President.

Lee was the most recent of the three Governors of Utah who were not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While descended from Mormons, he never joined the Church, but nonetheless maintained a successful political career.

J. Bracken Lee in The Hot War[]

Governor J. Bracken Lee (1899-1951) was killed when the Soviet Union destroyed Salt Lake City with an atomic bomb on March 2, 1951. It fell to the Federal government to call out the National Guard for the state.[1]

Literary comment[]

Lee is not named, but he was elected in 1948, well before the POD.


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 170, ebook.

Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert B. Maw
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
George Dewey Clyde
Preceded by
Adiel F. Stewart
Mayor of Salt Lake City
Succeeded by
Jake Garn
Political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
Herbert B. Maw
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by