COLMER, William Meyers

COLMER, William Meyers
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1890–1980

Biography

COLMER, William Meyers, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Moss Point, Jackson County, Miss., February 11, 1890; attended the public schools and Millsaps College at Jackson, Miss.; taught school at Lumberton, Miss., 1914-1917; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1917; during the First World War served as a private in the Quartermaster Corps, advancing through the ranks to regimental sergeant major, and served from July 24, 1918, to March 17, 1919; commenced the practice of law in Pascagoula, Miss., in 1919; county attorney of Jackson County, Miss., 1921-1927; district attorney of the second district of Mississippi from 1928 until his resignation in 1933, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the nineteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1973); chairman, Committee on Rules (Ninetieth through Ninety-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1947; was not a candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident of Pascagoula, Miss., where he died September 9, 1980; interment in Machpelah Cemetery, Pascagoula, Miss.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives

Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: 1933-1973, 365 cubic feet. The papers of William Meyers Colmer contain correspondence, legislative files, speeches, newsletters, photographs, motion picture film, clippings, scrapbooks, and artifacts. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Oral History: 1973, 129 pages. An interview with William Meyers Colmer conducted by Kenneth G. McCarty, Jr. on May 1, 1973.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: 2 folders. Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 1974, 29 pages. Interview with William Colmer conducted on May 5, 1974.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Jackson, MS
Oral History: 1974, 29 pages. Furnished by agreement with Lyndon B. Johnson Library. Restricted.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet. Other authors include William Meyers Colmer. An inventory is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Gray, Victoria Jackson, contestant. Contested-election case of Victoria Jackson Gray v. William Meyers Colmer, from the Fifth Congressional District of Mississippi, Eighty-ninth Congress. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1965.

Schlauch, Wolfgang. "Representative William M. Colmer and Senator James O. Eastland and the Reconstruction of Germany, 1945." Journal of Mississippi History 34 (August 1972): 193-214.

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