Edward P. Costigan
Edward Prentiss Costigan United States Senator
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1937
Preceded by Lawrence C. Phipps Succeeded by Edwin C. Johnson Personal details Born July 1, 1874
King William County, Virginia
Died January 17, 1939(aged 64)
Resting place Fairmount Cemetery (Denver, Colorado) Political party Democratic Alma mater Harvard University Profession Law
Edward Prentiss Costigan (July 1, 1874 – January 17, 1939) was a Democratic Party politician who represented Colorado in the United States Senate from 1931 until 1937. He was a founding member of the Progressive Party in Colorado in 1912.
Early life and education
The following year, he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he had gotten his first position as a lawyer.
Costigan was a founding member of the Progressive Party in Colorado in 1912, but lost the election for governor. President Woodrow Wilson appointed Costigan as a member of the United States Tariff Commission in 1917.
Colorado Democratic Senator Edward P. Costigan and New York Democratic Senator Robert F. Wagner sponsored a federal anti-lynching law in 1934. In 1935 Senate leaders tried to persuade President Franklin D. Roosevelt to support the Costigan-Wagner Bill. Roosevelt was concerned about a provision of the bill that called for the punishment of sheriffs who failed to protect their prisoners from lynch mobs. He believed that he would lose the support of the white voters in the South by approving this, and lose the 1936 presidential election.
The Costigan-Wagner Bill received support from many members of Congress but the Southern block managed to defeat it in the Senate. The national debate that took place over the issue again brought renewed attention to the crime of lynching. By the mid-1939s, the rate of the crime had finally dropped, mostly below 20 annually.
- Edward P. Costigan at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Find-A-Grave profile for Edward P. Costigan
United States Senate Preceded by
Lawrence C. Phipps
United States Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
Served alongside: Walter Walker, Karl C. Schuyler, Alva B. Adams
Edwin C. Johnson
United States Senators from Colorado Class 2 Class 3
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