Sam L. Collins

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Sam L. Collins
Sam L. Collins (California Congressman).jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 75th district
In office
January 6, 1941 - January 5, 1953
Preceded byThomas Kuchel
Succeeded byLeRoy E. Lyon Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded bydistrict created
Succeeded byHarry R. Sheppard
District Attorney of Orange County
In office
1930–1932
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
Battles/warsWorld War I
Pancho Villa Expedition

Samuel LaFort Collins (August 6, 1895 – June 26, 1965) was an American lawyer, World War I veteran, and politician who served eight terms as a Republican politician from California in the early 20th Century.

Early life and education[edit]

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.

World War I service[edit]

From 1917 to 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.

Legal career[edit]

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

Political career ==[edit]

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 for the 75th district from 1941 to 1953,[1] 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 to 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.

Death[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Join California - Sam L. Collins". joincalifornia.com.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th congressional district

March 3, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
California State Assemblyman, 75th District
January 6, 1941 - January 5, 1953
Succeeded by
[mLeRoy E. Lyon Jr.
Preceded by
Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1947–August 1952
Succeeded by