COLLINS, Ross Alexander

COLLINS, Ross Alexander
69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1880–1968

Biography

COLLINS, Ross Alexander, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Collinsville, Lauderdale County, Miss., April 25, 1880; attended the public schools of Meridian, Miss., and Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College; was graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1900 and from the law department of the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1901; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Meridian, Miss.; attorney general of Mississippi 1912-1920; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Mississippi in 1919; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; elected to the Seventy-fifth, Seventy-sixth, and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1941; was not a candidate for renomination in 1942, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed the practice of law; died in Meridian, Miss., July 14, 1968; interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

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: 1908-1970, 28.8 linear feet. Correspondence, drafts of writings, speeches, reports, notes, clippings, scrapbooks, printed material, and other papers relating to Ross Collins's service in the U.S. Congress especially to his introduction of the bill authorizing the Library of Congress acquisition of the Otto Vollbehr Collection of incunabula. Also documents Collins's work pertaining to the mechanization of the U.S. Army, the career of Mississippi politician Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, and the claims of an individual for enrollment as a Choctaw Indian. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Frederic Gershom Melcher Papers, 1930-1940, 52 items. Correspondents include Ross A. Collins.

University of Mississippi Libraries
The Department of Archives and Special Collections

University, MS
Papers: 1913-1940s (bulk 1930-1939), 3 linear feet (2 boxes). The Ross A. Collins Collection consists of a scrapbook with photographs, certificates, and political cartoons as well as correspondence and clippings related to Collins's role in passing 1930 legislation to fund the Library of Congress purchase of the Volbehr Collection of Incanbula. The collection is open to researchers, and an on-line finding aid is available at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00082/.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Collins, Ross Alexander. The Acropolis of America. Washington: The Library of Congress, [1940].

------. The army and propaganda power. Speech by Ross A. Collins in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1930. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1930.

------. The Vollbehr collection of incunabula; speech of Ross A. Collins of Mississippi in the House of Representatives, Friday, February 7, 1930. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1930].

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