Costigan, Edward Prentiss, 1874-1939

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Edward Prentiss Costigan (1874-1939) was born in King William County, Virginia and moved with his family to Ouray, Colorado at the age of three. He studied law in Utah and was admitted to the bar in Salt Lake City in 1897. He graduated from Harvard in 1899 and opened a law office in Denver the following year. Costigan founded the Progressive Party in Colorado and was twice its unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1912 and 1914. During the latter campaign, he served as counsel for the United Mine Workers of America during the Colorado coal field strikes and won acquittals for the miners charged with murder committed during the strikes. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson named Costigan to the U.S. Tariff Commission and sent him to Europe for tariff and trade discussions with the Allied powers (1917-1928). He returned to Denver in 1928 to pursue a legal and political career. In 1930, Costigan was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat where he became interested in legislation for federal relief and public works programs. He became a leader in the Senate on behalf of New Deal programs and received recognition with the Jones-Costigan bill, designed to aid sugar beet growers. He was an ardent advocate of anti-lynch law legislation and a supporter of public projects such as Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam) and Muscle Shoals, which was later expanded into the Tennessee Valley Authority.

From the description of Edward P. Costigan papers, 1876-1951. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 71003925

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referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn Edward P. and Mabel C. Costigan : [collection] : 1903-1965. History Colorado
creatorOf Allen, Carleton Kemp, Sir, 1887-1966,. Letters to the editors of the Virginia Quarterly Review 1925-1934. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Costigan, Edward Prentiss, 1874-1939. Edward P. Costigan papers, 1876-1951. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Records of the National Recovery Administration. 1927 - 1939. Records Relating to Personnel Administration National Archives at Kansas City
referencedIn Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949. Fetter mss., 1875-1988. Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Boulder Daily Camera. Edward P. Costigan printed materials [193-]. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Lindsey, Ben B. (Ben Barr), 1869-1943. Ben B. Lindsey papers, 1838-1957 (bulk 1890-1943). Library of Congress
creatorOf Denver High School Lyceum : [collection] : 1883-1890. History Colorado
referencedIn William Allen White Papers, 1859-1944, (bulk 1899-1944) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn White, William Allen, 1868-1944. William Allen White papers, 1859-1944 (bulk 1899-1944). Library of Congress
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Edward P. Costigan Papers, 1874-1939 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Archives Dept.
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Boulder Daily Camera. corporateBody
associatedWith Costigan, Mabel Cory, ca. 1873-1951. person
associatedWith Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949 person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
correspondedWith Lindsey, Ben B. (Ben Barr), 1869-1943. person
associatedWith Mrs. Edward Costigan person
associatedWith Progressive Party (1912) corporateBody
associatedWith Tennessee Valley Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith United Mine Workers of America corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress corporateBody
associatedWith United States Tariff Commission corporateBody
associatedWith University of Colorado Libraries. Archives Dept. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
correspondedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Coal strike, Colo.,1913-1914
New Deal, 1933-1939
Progressivism (United States politics)
Tariff on sugar


Birth 1874-07-01

Death 1939-01-17




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