Don B. Colton
|Don B. Colton|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Milton H. Welling|
|Succeeded by||Abe Murdock|
September 15, 1876|
|Died||August 1, 1952
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Alma mater||University of Michigan Law School|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Born near Mona, Juab County, Utah Territory, Colton moved with his parents to Uintah County, Utah Territory in 1879. He attended the public schools and the Uintah Academy, Vernal, Utah. He was graduated from the commercial department of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1896. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1905. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Vernal, Utah.
Colton was receiver of the United States land office at Vernal 1905–1914. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904, 1924, and 1928 as well as a delegate to the Republican State conventions 1914–1924. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Utah Governor in 1940. He was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1934.
Utah House of Representatives
Colton served as member of the Utah House of Representatives in 1903. He also served as member of the State senate 1915–1917.
Colton was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933). He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 1 (Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. While in Congress Colton served as the Sunday School teacher for the LDS Church Sunday School in Washington, D.C..
He engaged in teaching in 1898, 1901, and 1902. Colton resumed the practice of law in Vernal, Utah.
From 1910–1921 Colton served as the president of the Uintah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). From 1933 to 1937, Colton served as president of the Eastern States Mission of the LDS Church.
He moved to Salt Lake City in 1937 and continued the practice of law.
He also engaged in farming, ranching, sheep and stock raising, and other business enterprises.
Colton died in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1, 1952. Immediately prior to this he was serving as the head of the LDS Church mission home in Salt Lake City. Colton had been serving in this position since he had taken over from J. Wyley Sessions in 1938.
Colton was interred in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
- Kimball, Spencer W., talk in October 1968 general conference
- Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 651
- Conference Report, April 1935 - Elder Don B. Colton
- Conferences Report General Conference of the LDS Church, October 1952, p. 4
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