Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
FREE, Arthur Monroe (1879-1953)

FREE, ARTHUR MONROE, a Representative from California; born in San Jose, Calif., January 15, 1879; attended the public schools of Santa Clara and the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif.; was graduated from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., in 1901 and from its law department in 1903; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in San Jose; moved to Mountain View and was city attorney 1904-1910; district attorney of Santa Clara County 1907-1919; voluntarily retired and resumed the practice of law at San Jose; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1914 and from 1920 to 1936; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in San Jose, Calif., where he died April 1, 1953; interment in Oak Hill Memorial Park.

California Historical Society
North Baker Research Library
San Francisco, CA
Papers: In the Arthur M. Free scrapbooks, 1903-1953, 6 scrapbooks.
The scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper clippings documenting the career of Arthur M. Free, covering his positions as postmaster, city attorney, and district attorney of Mountain View, Calif., his 12 years as a California representative in the U.S. Congress, and his return to law. The bulk of the material is from Free's years in Congress and follows his involvement with various issues, such as California agriculture, immigration, and the creation of a Navy air base (i.e., Moffett Field) in Sunnyvale (Calif.). Contains several articles authored by Free on the topics of radicalism, and immigrants. Includes clippings on Free's court cases, his participation in social clubs and organizations, and biographical pieces on his family. Includes political cartoons featuring Free, a few broadsides (including one for a Republican rally in Santa Clara), certificates, a few photos, and ephemera from clubs and social organizations. Also includes loose telegrams and letters of condolence to Mrs. Free on the death of Arthur Free.