Frederick Steiwer papers, 1911-1933  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Steiwer, Frederick, 1883-1939
Frederick Steiwer papers
1911-1933 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (3 containers and 1 scrapbook)
Collection Number
Ax 080
Frederick Steiwer (1883-1939) became a lawyer who served as Oregon district attorney 1912-1916, was elected to the State Senate, served in WWI, and was elected to the U.S. Senate (1926-1938). The collection contains political campaign records, army records, correspondence and clippings, 1911-1933.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Additional Reference Guides

See the Current Collection Guide for detailed description and requesting options.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 1916-1917.

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 in February 3, 1939. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

The collection also includes one oversize scrapbook of clippings, and Steiwer's Notary Public seal embosser.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Legislators--United States
  • Political campaigns--Oregon
  • Politicians--Oregon
  • Public prosecutors--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Steiwer, Frederick, 1883-1939
  • Steiwer, Frederick, 1883-1939
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army
  • United States. Congress. Senate
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • United States--Politics and government--1919-1933
  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1953
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Military records