HOLIFIELD, Chester Earl

HOLIFIELD, Chester Earl
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1903–1995

Biography

HOLIFIELD, Chester Earl, a Representative from California; born in Mayfield, Graves County, Ky., December 3, 1903; moved with his family to Springdale, Ark., in 1912; attended the public schools; moved to Montebello, Calif., in 1920 and engaged in the manufacture and selling of men's apparel 1920-1943; chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central committee of the Fifty-first District 1934-1938; chairman of the California State Central committee of the Twelfth Congressional District 1938-1940; delegate to each Democratic National Convention from 1940 to 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1943, until his resignation December 31, 1974; was not a candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; chairman, Committee on Government Operations (Ninety-first through Ninety-third Congresses), Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-seventh, Eighty-ninth, and Ninety-first Congresses); member, President's Special Evaluation Commission on Atomic Bomb Tests at Bikini Atoll, 1946; congressional adviser to international conferences on uses of atomic energy, nuclear weapons testing, water desalinization, and disarmament; resumed the manufacture and selling of men's apparel; died February 6, 1995.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Southern California
Special Collections, Regional History Collection

Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1943-1974, 83 boxes. The collection of Chet Holifield includes congressional papers, photographs, and memorabilia.

Columbia University
Oral History Archives

New York, NY
Oral History: 1978, 19 pages. An interview with Chester E. Holifield by Ingrid W. Scobie conducted in 1978. The original oral history is housed in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California. Topics discussed include the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, drafting and the involvement of the scientific community, influence of Helen Gahagan Douglas, Douglas's position on the Foreign Affairs Committee, friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, speech on Fair Labor Standards Act of 1946, a comparison of Jerry Voorhis's campaign of 1936 with his 1950 campaign against Richard Nixon, and Douglas's political convictions.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Oral History: 9 pages. Index in library.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1975, 418 pages. The interview of Chester Earl Holifield was conducted as a part of the Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program.

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.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dyke, Richard Wayne. Mr. Atomic Energy: Congressman Chet Holifield and Atomic Energy Affairs, 1945-1974. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Dyke, Richard Wayne and Francis X. Gannon. Chet Holifield: Master Legislator and Nuclear Statesman. With a foreword by Gerald R. Ford and an afterword by Carl Albert. Lanham, [Md.]: University Press of America, 1996.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Chet Holifield, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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