Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


CHENOWETH, John Edgar, a Representative from Colorado; born in Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colo., August 17, 1897; attended the public and high schools, and the University of Colorado at Boulder; engaged in railroading and in the mercantile business 1916-1925; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Trinidad in 1926; assistant district attorney for the third judicial district 1929-1933; county judge of Las Animas County, Colo., 1933-1941; member, Advisory Board of Colorado Women's College, now Temple Buell; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; elected to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Trinidad, Colo., until his death there January 2, 1986; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

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.

University of Colorado at Boulder
Western Historical Collections Norlin Library

Boulder, CO
Papers: 1940-1964, 82 boxes. The papers of J. Edgar Chenoweth contain political correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks, photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. A finding aid is available in the repository.

University of Oregon Libraries
Special Collections & University Archives

Eugene, OR
Papers: In the Polly King Ruhtenberg Papers, 1946-1983, 7.5 linear feet. Other authors include J. Edgar Chenoweth. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Drake Mehls, Carol J. "Into the Frying Pan: J. Edgar Chenoweth and the Frying Pan-Arkansas Reclamation Project." Ph.D. diss., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986.

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