Frederick Steiwer (1883-1939) was born on a farm near Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon. He attended public schools and graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College at Corvallis in 1902 and from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1906. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced practice in Pendleton, Umatilla County, in 1909.
He served as Oregon deputy district attorney 1909-1910, and then as district attorney 1912-1916. He was elected to the State Senate and served from 1936-19717.
Steiwer enlisted in the United States Army during the First World War and served from 1917 to 1919 in the Sixty-fifth Field Artillery, with rank of first lieutenant.
After his return, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1926 and reelected in 1932 and served until January 31, 1938, when he resigned. During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Seventy-second Congress).
After his resignation from the U.S. Senate he continued practicing law in Washington, D.C., until his death there February 3, 1939. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The collection contains political campaign records, army records, correspondence and clippings.
The largest portion of the correspondence concerns his primary campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1932, and some files include clippings.
There is a file containing army records and a file of correspondence regarding the "Ex-Servicemen's Bailey for Governor" club, 1930.
There is one oversize scrapbook of clippings.
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[Identification of item], Frederick Steiwer papers, Ax 080, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.