CONTE, Silvio Ottavio

CONTE, Silvio Ottavio
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1921–1991

Biography

CONTE, Silvio Ottavio, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass., November 9, 1921; graduated from Pittsfield Vocational High School, Pittsfield, Mass., 1940; graduated from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; LL.B., Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1949; machinist; lawyer, private practice; United States Navy, 1942-1944; member of the Massachusetts state senate, 1951-1958; parliamentarian, Republican State conventions, 1956 and 1958; delegate to Republican National Conventions, 1960, 1964, and 1968; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-sixth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-February 8, 1991); died on February 8, 1991, in Bethesda, Md.; interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Pittsfield Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Edward William Brooke Papers, ca. 1956-1988, 273.6 linear feet. Correspondents include Silvio Conte. A finding aid is available in the library.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Americans for Democratic Action Records, 1949-1976, 12 cartons. Correspondents include Silvio Conte. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Amherst, MA
Papers: 1950-1991, 575 linear feet. The collection documents the work of Silvio Conte and his staff in Washington, D.C. and in the two district offices in Pittsfield and Holyoke (most of which is casework with restricted access), included is correspondence, speeches, press releases, bill files, his voting record, committee files, scrapbooks, travel files, audio-visual materials and over 5,000 photographs and slides. The papers have been divided into five subgroups delineating broad functional areas of a congressional office: Personal/Political/Official; Legislative; Press Relations/Media Activities; Constituent Services; Office Administration. Each subgroup has been further divided into series based on file format and type of activity documented. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lynch, Peter E. Silvio: Congressman for Everyone: A Biographical Portrait of Silvio O. Conte. Santa Fe, N.M.: Sunstone Press, 1997.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Silivio O. Conte, Republican Representative from Massachusetts. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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