COSTIGAN, Edward Prentiss (1874-1939)

COSTIGAN, EDWARD PRENTISS, a Senator from Colorado; born near Beaulahville, King William County, Va., July 1, 1874; moved to Colorado in 1877 with his parents, who settled in Ouray, Ouray County; attended the public schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1897; graduated from Harvard University in 1899; commenced the practice of law in Denver, Colo., in 1900; began his political life as a Republican; one of the founders of the Progressive Party in Colorado in 1912; unsuccessful Progressive candidate for Governor of Colorado in 1912 and 1914; appointed a member of the United States Tariff Commission by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917; and served until his resignation in March 1928; resumed the practice of law in Denver, Colo.; affiliated with the Democratic Party in 1930; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1930 and served from March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1937; was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; retired from professional and political activities and resided in Denver, Colo., until his death there on January 17, 1939; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Colorado Historical Society
Denver, CO
Papers: Ca. .5 foot in 8 collections. Includes congressional correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. Finding aid.

University of Colorado Libraries
Boulder, CO
Papers: 1900-1939. 44 boxes; 1000 volumes. Personal and legislative correspondence and scrapbooks, many concerning the Tariff Commission; campaign papers; legal papers from career as attorney for the United Mine Workers of America during the Colorado coal mine strikes; photographs; and personal library. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Frederick M. Betz papers, 1920-1964; and George M. Bull papers, 1862-1951.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957).

  • Brockway, Ronald Sidney, Jr. "Edward P. Costigan: A Study of a Progressive and the New Deal.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Colorado, 1974.
  • Costigan, Edward Prentiss. Public Ownership of Government: Collected Papers of Edward P. Costigan. 1940. Reprint. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1968. Foreword by George Creel includes a biographical sketch.
  • DeLorme, Roland L. "Edward Costigan and the Colorado Bar: A Case Study of the Status Revolution.'' Mid-America 49 (July 1967): 200-213.
  • ___. "The Shaping of a Progressive: Edward P. Costigan and Urban Reform in Denver, 1900-1911.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Colorado, 1965.
  • Goodykoontz, Colin B. "Edward P. Costigan and the Tariff Commission, 1917-1928.'' Pacific Historical Review 16 (November 1947): 410-19.
  • ___, ed. Papers of Edward P. Costigan Relating to the Progressive Movement in Colorado, 1902-1917. Boulder: University of Colorado, 1941.
  • Greenbaum, Fred. Fighting Progressive: A Biography of Edward P. Costigan. Washington: Public Affairs Press, 1971.