HAWLEY, Willis Chatman

HAWLEY, Willis Chatman
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1864–1941

Biography

HAWLEY, Willis Chatman, a Representative from Oregon; born on a farm in the old Belknap settlement near Monroe, Benton County, Oreg., May 5, 1864; attended the country schools and was graduated from the academic and law departments of Willamette University, Salem, Oreg., in 1888; principal of the Umpqua Academy, Wilbur, Oreg., 1884-1886; president of the Oregon State Normal School at Drain 1888-1891; was admitted to the bar in Oregon in 1893; president of Willamette University 1893-1902 and was professor of history and economics for sixteen years; engaged in numerous business and educational enterprises; member of the National Forest Reservation Commission; member of the Special Committee on Rural Credits created by Congress in 1915; member of the Commission for the Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington; elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1933); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses); co-sponsor of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in 1930; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; returned to Salem and resumed the practice of law; died in Salem, Oreg., July 24, 1941; interment in City View Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR
Papers: In the Guy Cordon papers, 1917-1943, 1 cubic foot. Includes correspondence with Senator Cordon regarding state and national politics.
Papers: In the William Delzell papers, 1896-1930, 2 folders.
Papers: In Eva Emery Dye papers, 1879-1936, 2 cubic feet. Includes congressional papers and correspondence and photographs regarding women's suffrage and political issues surrounding it. Finding aid in repository.

Oregon State Archives

Salem, OR
Papers: In the William P. Lord papers, 1894-1903, 2 cubic feet. Includes letters from Hawley to Governor Lord regarding political issues. Finding aid in repository.

University of Oregon Library

Eugene, OR
Papers: In the Wallace U. Douglas papers, 1899-1936, 5 cubic feet.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Liechty, Elden Elmer. "Economic and Political Forces Shaping the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930." Ph.D. diss., University of Utah, 1972.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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