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ASPINALL, Wayne Norviel

ASPINALL, Wayne Norviel
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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ASPINALL, Wayne Norviel, a Representative from Colorado; born in Middleburg, Logan County, Ohio, April 3, 1896; moved with his parents to Palisade, Mesa County, Colo., in 1904; attended the public schools; studied at the University of Denver until the First World War, then enlisted in the Air Service of the Signal Corps and served as a corporal and staff sergeant until discharged as a flying cadet; returned to the University of Denver and graduated in 1919; taught school in Palisade, Colo., 1919-1921; president of the Mount Lincoln School District School Board 1920-1922; graduated from the Denver Law School in 1925; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Palisade, Colo.; also engaged in the peach-orchard industry; again taught school 1925-1933; member of Palisade Board of Trustees 1926-1934; district counsel of the Home Owners Loan Corporation in western Colorado in 1933 and 1934; member of the State house of representatives 1931-1934 and in 1937 and 1938, serving as Democratic whip in 1933, and as speaker in 1937 and 1938; served in the Colorado state senate, 1939-1948, and was Democratic whip in 1939, majority floor leader in 1941, and minority floor leader 1943-1947; during the Second World War was commissioned a captain in Military Government in 1943, serving overseas as a legal expert with the American and English forces; participated in the Normandy drive with the English Second Army; was discharged on December 14, 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1973); chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-sixth through Ninety-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Palisade, Colo., until his death there October 9, 1983; cremated; ashes interred at Orchard Mesa Municipal Cemetery, Grand Junction, Colo.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Denver Library

Denver, CO
Papers: 1949-1972. 183 feet. Congressional office records and files. Unpublished guide in repository.

Colorado Historical Society

Denver, CO
Papers: 1959-1972. 2 cubic feet. Motion picture film. Finding aid in repository.
Oral History: 1974, 52 pages. The oral history interview with Wayne Norviel Aspinall was conducted by David McComb on June 11, 1974. In this interview, Wayne Aspinall discusses his career as a congressional Representative from the State of Colorado from 1948-1972.
Oral History: 1979, 2 audio cassettes. The oral history interview with Wayne Norviel Aspinall was conducted by Nancy Whistler on February 15, 1979. In this interview, Wayne Aspinall recalls his career as a Representative from Colorado in the United States Congress from 1948 to 1972.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1965, 6 pages. An oral history interview with Wayne Norviel Aspinall conducted in 1965.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: 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, 34 pages. An oral history interview with Wayne Norviel Aspinall conducted on June 14, 1974.

University of Colorado at Boulder
Western Historical Collections Norlin Library

Boulder, CO
Papers: 1930's-1983. 83 cubic feet. Personal, business, and legal papers and correspondence, campaign files, correspondence files from Grand Junction district office, postcongressional correspondence; photographs, portraits; motion picture film, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Edmonds, Carol. Wayne Aspinall: Mr. Chairman. Lakewood, Colo.: Crown Point, Inc., Publisher, 1980.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Wayne N. Aspinall, Democratic Representative from Colorado. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Schulte, Steven C. Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2002.

Sturgeon, Stephen C. The Politics of Western Water: The Congressional Career of Wayne Aspinall. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002.

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