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For the Governor of Colorado, see Alva Adams .

Alva Blanchard Adams (October 29, 1875 – December 1, 1941) was a Democratic politician who represented Coloradomarker in the United States Senate from 1923 until 1924 and again from 1933 to 1941.


Adams was born in Del Norte, Coloradomarker and graduated from Phillips Academymarker in 1893, Yale Universitymarker in 1896, and Columbia Law School in 1899. He became a county attorney in Pueblo County, Coloradomarker in 1909, a regent of the State University of Coloradomarker in 1911, and Pueblomarker city attorney in 1911.

During World War I, Adams served as a major in the Judge Advocate General's department in 1918 and 1919. In 1923, he was appointed to fill the vacancy in the United States Senate caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholson. He served until a special election in November 1924 (in which he did not run). He ran, but did not win, in the regular election in 1924 for Colorado's other U.S. Senate seat. He ran successfully in 1932 with Oscar L. Chapman managing his campaign, and again in 1938. He died in office from a myocardial infarction in Washington, D.C.marker in 1941.

The Alva B. Adams tunnel, part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project which passes under Rocky Mountain National Parkmarker is named for him. Senator Adams' father, Alva Adams, served as the Governor of the State of Colorado 1887-1889, 1897-1899, and 1905. Senator Adams' uncle, William Herbert "Billy" Adams, served as the Governor of Colorado 1927-1933.

Committee assignments

Alva Adams was first appointed to the Senate to vill a vacancy during the first session of the 68th Congress. Even though he had been appointed in May 1923, Congress did not convene its first session until December of that year. A first edition of the Official Congressional Directory indicates he did not serve on any committees that session.

After Adams was elected in 1932 to the 73rd Congress, he was appointed to several standing committees. Overall, he served on 5 standing committee and 3 select or special committees. Adams also served as chairman of the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation during the 73rd and 74th Congresses and chaired the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys from the 75th through 77th Congresses.

Committee Congresses Notes
Irrigation and Reclamation 73rd75th Chairman (73rd – 74th)
Public Lands and Surveys 73rd – 77th Chairman (75th – 77th)
Appropriations 73rd – 75th
Banking and Currency 73rd – 75th
Rules 73rd – 75th
Survey Land and Water Policies of the U.S. Government 74th
Senatorial Campaign Expenditures in 1940 76th Appointed October 3, 1940, to fill a committee vacancy
Production, Transportation, and Marketing of Wool 74th – 77th Chairman

See also


  1. Official Congressional Directory. 73rd Congress (1933); 75th Congress (1938); 76th Congress (1940); 77th Congress (1941)

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