Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BOSONE, Reva Zilpha Beck (1895-1983)

BOSONE, REVA ZILPHA BECK, A Representative from Utah; born in American Fork, Utah County, Utah, April 2, 1895; attended the public schools; graduated from Westminster Junior College in 1917 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1919; taught high school 1920-1927; graduated from the University of Utah College of Law at Salt Lake City in 1930 and was admitted to the bar the same year; practiced law in Helper, Carbon County, Utah, 1931-1933 and Salt Lake City, 1933-1936; member of the State house of representatives 1933-1935, serving as floor leader in 1935; elected Salt Lake City judge in 1936 and served until elected to Congress; during the Second World War was chairman of Women's Army Corps Civilian Advisory Committee of the Ninth Service Command; official observer at United Nations Conference at San Francisco in 1945; first director of Utah State Board for Education on Alcoholism in 1947 and 1948; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress and for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1956; resumed the practice of law in Salt Lake City, 1953-1957; legal counsel to Safety and Compensation Subcommittee of House Committee on Education and Labor 1957-1960; judicial officer, Post Office Department in 1961-1968; was a resident of Vienna, Va., until her death there July 21, 1983; interment in American Fork Cemetery, American Fork, Utah.

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library
Provo, UT
Papers: 1896-1980, 2 linear feet.
The papers of Reva Bosone consist of correspondence, photographs, and other materials concerning Judge Bosone's political career. The collection dates from 1896 to 1980. The correspondence mainly consists of letters from Reva Beck Bosone to her niece, Helen Clopton from 1973 to 1979. Also included are Clopton's research notes for her biography of Judge Bosone. The photographs chronicle Bosone's early life, family, and political career. Also included are newspaper clippings and memorabilia concerning Bosone's political campaigns.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral history: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress.
Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.


University of Utah Libraries
Special Collections Department
Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: 1927-1977, 18 feet.
The papers of Reva Bosone contain correspondence, speeches, articles, autobiographical and biographical material, newspaper clippings, photographs, and phonograph records. A register is available in the repository.

  • Clopton, Beverly B. Her Honor, the Judge: The Story of Reva Beck Bosone. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1980.
  • "Reva Zilpha Beck Bosone" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.