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BARRETT, Frank Aloysius

1892–1962

Biography

BARRETT, Frank Aloysius, a Representative and a Senator from Wyoming; born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebr., November 10, 1892; attended the public schools; graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebr., in 1913 and from its law department in 1916; during the First World War served as a sergeant in the Balloon Corps, United States Army 1917-1919; admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced practice in Lusk, Wyo.; also a rancher; county attorney of Niobrara County, Wyo. 1923-1932; member, State senate 1933-1935; member of the board of trustees of the University of Wyoming; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1943, until his resignation December 31, 1950, having been elected Governor of Wyoming; served as Governor from January 1951 until his resignation January 2, 1953, having been elected a Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958; general counsel, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., and member of board of directors of Commodity Credit Corporation 1959-1960; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senate 1960; died in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 30, 1962; interment in Lusk Cemetery, Lusk, Wyo.

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External Research Collections

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center

Laramie, WY
Papers: 1952-1958. 25 cubic feet. Senatorial subject files primarily on legislative issues including correspondence, letters from constituents, reports, bills, and newspaper clippings relating to reclamation projects, cattle, sheep and wool industries, mining, and the F.E. Warren Air Force base in Cheyenne.

Wyoming State Archives

Cheyenne, WY
Papers: 1951 January 1-1953 January 2. Gubernatorial records including administrative subject files and correspondence. Topics include budgets, charities and reform, civil defense, commissions and examiners, cosmetology, mine examiners, state boards, and pardons.
Papers: 1901-1997. 18 cubic feet. Barrett family papers including general files, certificates, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks of Frank Barrett. Topics include his education, congressional social life, religious activities and associations, national politics, and family life. The collection also includes a few files on the political activities of Dr. Francis Barrett and James Barrett.
Oral History: Discussed in interviews with sons Frank Barrett (October 31, 1989), 12 pages; and James Barrett (November 2, 1989), 12 pages; and grandson James Barrett (October 20, 1989), 15 pages.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

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