Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
THOMSON, Edwin Keith (1919-1960)

THOMSON, EDWIN KEITH, a Representative from Wyoming; born in New Castle, Weston County, Wyo., February 8, 1919; attended the public schools in Beulah, Wyo., and Spearfish, S.Dak.; was graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1941; called to active duty on March 24, 1941; commanded Second Battalion, Three Hundred and Sixty-second Infantry Regiment, Ninety-first Division; released from active duty as a lieutenant colonel on January 24, 1946; was admitted to the bar in 1941 and commenced the practice of law in Cheyenne, Wyo., in February 1946; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952; member of the State house of representatives 1952-1954; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fourth, Eighty-fifth, and Eighty-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1955, until his death; did not seek renomination to the Eighty-seventh Congress but was elected to the United States Senate on November 8, 1960, for the term commencing January 3, 1961; died in Cody, Wyo., December 9, 1960; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1919-1997, 127 cubic feet.
The Keith Thomson papers include departmental and legislative files from his Congressional terms as well as his campaign files, which include audio and visual recordings. Also included are personal files, which include his pre-political career, his World War II service, photographs, scrapbooks and personal correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository.