COLTON, Don Byron, (1876 - 1952)


COLTON, Don Byron, a Representative from Utah; born near Mona, Juab County, Utah, September 15, 1876; moved with his parents to Uintah County, Utah, in 1879; attended the public schools and the Uintah Academy, Vernal, Utah; was graduated from the commercial department of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1896; engaged in teaching in 1898, 1901, and 1902; member of the State house of representatives in 1903; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1905; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Vernal, Utah; also engaged in ranching, sheep raising, and other business enterprises; receiver of the United States land office at Vernal 1905-1914; delegate to the Republican State conventions 1914-1924; member of the State senate 1915-1917; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904, 1924, and 1928; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1933); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 1 (Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Vernal, Utah; unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1934; moved to Salt Lake City in 1937 and continued the practice of law; also engaged in farming and stock raising; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1940; died in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1, 1952; interment in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.