Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962

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U.S. Senator from Arizona.

From the description of Henry Fountain Ashurst Manuscript Collection. 1913-1952. (Nogales-Santa Cruz County Public Library). WorldCat record id: 48204993

From the description of Papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962). (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 30599358

U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1912 to 1941, Ashurst was raised near Flagstaff, served in the territorial legislature in 1897, practiced law in Williams and Flagstaff, Ariz. and was Coconino County Attorney.

From the description of Ashurst papers, 1915-1962. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 41322887

Senator from Arizona.

From the description of Papers, 1913-1960. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 32604648

Henry Fountain Ashurst was born near Winnemucca, Nevada, September 13, 1874. He was raised in the Northern Arizona region, primarily Williams and Mormon Lake, Arizona. He was elected the first United States Senator from Arizona in 1912. Ashurst held that position until he was defeated in 1940. He died in 1962.

From the guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Collection, 1913-1952, (Arizona Historical Society/Flagstaff Archives)

U.S. senator from Arizona.

From the description of Speeches of Henry Fountain Ashurst, 1939-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449901

Arizona statesman and U.S. senator.

Henry Fountain Ashurst was born in Nevada in 1874. His family later moved to the Flagstaff, Arizona area, near Mormon Lake. He graduated from the Stockton Business College and worked for a time as a cowboy, county jail turnkey, and stenographic reporter. In 1897 he was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives, and later served as Speaker of the House. Prior to claiming his seat in the United States Senate in 1912, he served as Coconino County Attorney. During his 28 years in the Senate, Ashurst was best known for his sophisticated oratory and his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Roosevelt years. Having lost his Senate seat in 1940, Ashurst served on the Board of Immigration Appeals 1941-43. He died in 1962 and is buried in Prescott.

From the description of Papers, 1910-1962. (Scottsdale Public Library). WorldCat record id: 20322710

Biographical Sketch

Henry Fountain Ashurst, Senator from Arizona, was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, September 13, 1874. In 1875 his parents moved to Arizona, settling near Flagstaff. He attended the public schools of Flagstaff, graduated from the Stockton Business College in California in 1896, and studied law at the University of Michigan. He began his law practice at Williams, Arizona. In 1897 and in 1899 he was a member of the Territorial house of representatives, and served as speaker in 1899. He served in the Territorial senate in 1903, and was district attorney of Coconino County from 1905 to 1908. He moved to Prescott in 1903, continuing his law practice. When Arizona was admitted as a state into the Union, he was elected Democratic Senator in 1912, and re-elected in 1916, 1922, 1928, and 1934. From 1941 to 1943 he was appointed member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice. He retired in 1943.

From the guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, ca. 1880-1943, (The Bancroft Library)

Henry Fountain Ashurst (1874-1962) was one of the first US Senators from Arizona and represented the state in that capacity for 28 years. He was born at Winnemuca, Nevada on September 13, 1874. His family later moved to a ranch near Mormon Lake, southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona. After his public school education was complete Ashurst worked in succession as a cowboy, a turnkey at the Coconino County Jail, and a stenographic reporter. He graduated from Stockton Business College in 1896.

Ashurst's political career began with his election to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1897. In 1899 he became Speaker of the House and sponsored legislation establishing the school that became Northern Arizona University. He was elected Coconino County Attorney in 1904 and again in 1906, and claimed his seat in the United States Senate in 1912. Ashurst's career in the Senate was highlighted by his reputation for sophisticated oratory and his work for the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Roosevelt years. After his defeat in the Democratic primary of 1940 Ashurst served as a member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice from 1941-1943. Ashurst died in Washington on May 31, 1962 and is buried beside his wife, Elizabeth (Renoe) Ashurst (1874-1939), in Prescott, Arizona.

From the guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, 1910-1962, (Arizona State University Libraries Arizona Collection)

Senator from Arizona; born in Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nev., September 13, 1874; moved with his parents to Arizona in 1875 and settled near the present town of Flagstaff, Coconino County; attended the public schools of Flagstaff and was graduated from the Stockton (Calif.) Business College in 1896; studied law and political economy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Williams, Ariz.

Ashurst was a member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1897 and 1899, serving as speaker in 1899; served in the Territorial senate in 1903; district attorney of Coconino County 1905-1908; moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1909 and continued the practice of law; upon the admission of Arizona as a State was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on March 27, 1912 and served to January 3, 1941.

Senator Ashurst was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Industrial Expositions (Sixty-third Congress), Committee to Investigate Trespassers on Indian Land (Sixty-sixth Congress), and the Committee on the Judiciary (Seventy-third through Seventy-sixth Congresses). Ashurst was appointed a member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice on April 8, 1941, and served until February 28, 1943, when he retired. Senator Ashurst died in Washington, D.C., May 31, 1962.

From the guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962), (University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections)

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creatorOf Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn Stuart, William Plato, 1879-1960. William Plato Stuart and Della Tovrea Stuart papers, 1903-1967. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Campbell, John Henry, 1868-1928. Campbell papers, 1733-1928 (bulk 1912-1928). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf Henry Fountain Ashurst Collection, 1913-1952 Arizona Historical Society/Flagstaff Archives
creatorOf Henry Fountain Ashurst letter to Mr. C. B. Hemmingway, 1912 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Bass, William Wallace, 1848-1933. Bass papers, 1852-1976, 1894-1926. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Hunt, George W. P., 1859-1934. The George W.P. Hunt collection, 1709-1955, 1885-1932. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn University. Office of the President. University of Arizona Office of the Prestident records, 1937-1947. University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Scott, Arthur E., 1917-1976. Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, 1910-1976. George Mason University, Fenwick Library
referencedIn McKinney, Benjamin, 1883-1971. McKinney papers, 1812-1967 (bulk 1908-1967). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn McCluskey, Henry Stanley, 1887-1968. Papers, 1908-1963. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Murphy, James M., 1917-1997. Murphy legal papers, 1909-1967 (bulk 1950-1961). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915. Letter to Martin J. Bentley y Román Galán : Mexico, 1903 Sept. 14. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn William B. Mershon Papers, 1848-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Speeches of Henry Fountain Ashurst, 1939-1941. Library of Congress
referencedIn George Babbitt oral history collection. Series 2 1949-1960. Northern Arizona University, Cline Library
creatorOf Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962). University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Papers, 1910-1962. Arizona State University Libraries
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Papers, 1913-1960. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Henry Fountain Ashurst Manuscript Collection. 1913-1952. Northern Arizona University, Cline Library
creatorOf Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, 1910-1962 Arizona State University Libraries Arizona Collection
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Ashurst papers, 1915-1962. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn King, Isabella Greenway, 1886-1953. Greenway papers, 1860-1953 (bulk 1890-1936). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, ca. 1880-1943 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, circa 1880-1943. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Maddock, Thomas, 1882-1971. Maddock papers, 1915-1965. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. Telegram, 1913 Feb. 22, Washington, D.C. [to] Fred D. Warren, Girard, Kan. / Henry F. Ashurst. Pittsburg State University, Leonard H. Axe Library
creatorOf Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, 1910-1976 George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
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associatedWith Arthur E. Scott, 1917-1976 person
correspondedWith Bass, William Wallace, 1848-1933. person
associatedWith Campbell, John Henry, 1868-1928. person
associatedWith Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915. person
associatedWith Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909- person
associatedWith Harriman National Bank of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Huerta, Victoriano, 1845-1916. person
associatedWith Hunt, George W. P., 1859-1934. person
correspondedWith King, Isabella Greenway, 1886-1953. person
associatedWith Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921. person
associatedWith Maddock, Thomas, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Madero, Francisco I., 1873-1913. person
associatedWith McCluskey, Henry Stanley, 1887-1968. person
correspondedWith McKinney, Benjamin, 1883-1971. person
associatedWith Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. person
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. person
associatedWith Murphy, James M., 1917-1997. person
associatedWith Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944. person
associatedWith Scott, Arthur E., 1917-1976. person
associatedWith Sparks, George Fray, 1912-1983. person
associatedWith Stuart, William Plato, 1879-1960. person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Tovrea Packing Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Turner, John Kenneth, 1879-1948. person
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associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee. corporateBody
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associatedWith Warren, Fred D., 1872 or 3-1959. person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
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Arizona
United States
United States
United States
United States
United States
Arizona
New York (State)
Arizona
United States
Arizona
Arizona
United States
Arizona
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Arizona
Arizona
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Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century--Arizona
Legislators
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Strikes and lockouts--Copper mining
Water resources development--Law and legislation
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century
Legislators--United States
Banking law
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Birth 1874-09-13

Death 1962-05-31

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