Sam L. Collins

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Sam L. Collins
Sam L. Collins (California Congressman).jpg
Member of the
California State Assembly
In office
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
Succeeded byHarry R. Sheppard
District Attorney of Orange County
In office
Personal details
Born(1895-08-06)August 6, 1895
Fortville, Indiana
DiedJune 26, 1965(1965-06-26) (aged 69)
Fullerton, California
Resting placeLoma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, California
Political partyRepublican
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army and California National Guard

Samuel LaFort Collins (August 6, 1895 – June 26, 1965) was a Republican politician from California.

Collins was born in Fortville, Indiana, attended public schools in Indiana and California, and graduated from Chaffey Union High School, Ontario, California, in 1915.

He served as a private in the Hospital Corps, Seventh Infantry, California National Guard on the Mexican border in 1916.

From 1917–1919, he served in the United States Army overseas as a sergeant in Co. C, 364th Infantry, 91st Division. After discharge from the Army, Collins studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1921, and practiced in Fullerton, California.

He was assistant district attorney of Orange County, California, 1926–1930 and district attorney 1930–1932.

In 1932 Collins was elected to the 73rd Congress, and reelected, serving during 1933–1937. He lost his bid for reelection to a third term in 1936.

Collins served as member of the California State Assembly 1940–1952, serving as speaker 1947–1952. Collins was the longest-serving Speaker in California history until the record was broken by Jesse M. Unruh, who was speaker from 1961–1969. Collins is the fourth-longest-serving Speaker behind Leo T. McCarthy (1974–1980), Unruh, and Willie Brown (1980–1995). Collins is the longest-serving Republican Speaker.

After serving in the Assembly, he resumed the practice of law.

Collins died at the age of 69 in Fullerton and is buried at Loma Vista Memorial Park.


External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Sam L. Collins (id: C000643)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Sam L. Collins at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Harry R. Sheppard
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Kuchel
California State Assemblyman, 75th District
Succeeded by
LeRoy E. Lyon, Jr.
Preceded by
Charles W. Lyon
Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1947–August 1952
Succeeded by
James W. Silliman