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Papers of Henry Fountain Ashurst

Henry Fountain Ashurst was a senator from Arizona; born in Winnemucca, Humboldt County, NV on September 13, 1874; he 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 (CA) 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, AZ.

Ashurst was a member of the Territorial House of Representatives in 1897 and 1899, serving as speaker in 1899; he served in the Territorial Senate in 1903; as district attorney of Coconino County from 1905-1908; moved to Prescott, AZ, in 1909 and continued the practice of law; upon the admission of Arizona as a state, Ashhurst was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on March 27, 1912, serving until 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.

The collection consists of correspondence, typescripts of speeches, and biographical materials (clippings, photographs, diary entries, expense records, cartoons, and reprints) relating to Senator Henry Fountain Ashurst's career and studies of his career by George Fray Sparks and others.