American Legislative Leaders in the West, 1911-1994

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The first of four volumes comprising a biographical dictionary of state house speakers from 1911 to 1994, this book covers speakers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Entries provide basic biographical and career information on more than 400 speakers. The book opens with an insightful analytical introduction and includes valuable statistical appendixes based on an exhaustive database.

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Overview

The first of four volumes comprising a biographical dictionary of state house speakers from 1911 to 1994, this book covers speakers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Entries provide basic biographical and career information on more than 400 speakers. The book opens with an insightful analytical introduction and includes valuable statistical appendixes based on an exhaustive database.

Complementing Charles R. Ritter and Jon L. Wakelyn's book American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910 (1989), this book covers those who have served as state speakers in the West since 1910. Forthcoming volumes will cover state house speakers in the South, the Midwest, and the Northeast.

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This is the initial offering by the Sharps (Syracuse U.)<-->along with 45 contributors<-->of a planned four-volume biographical dictionary of 1,410 US state house speakers by geographic region, 1911-94. Tables graphically portray regional and national patterns in party popularity and demographics through the decades. While the total number of women speakers rose from none in the period 1911-1932 to seven in 1965-1990, there has been less than a three percent decrease in the white status quo over the years and the dominance of 40-49 year-olds has remained stable. Oregon's Vera Katz is cited as one of the most successful women legislative leaders, despite initial doubts that: "... a woman was tough enough to be speaker." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313302121
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1997
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY WEATHERLY SHARP is a member of the faculty and Assistant Dean at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.

JAMES ROGER SHARP is Professor of History and former department chair at Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Biographical Dictionary

Appendix 1: Political Party and Home County

Appendix 2: Years in Speakership and House

Appendix 3: Legislative Pathways

Appendix 4: Sex, Race, Birth, and Death

Appendix 5: Education

Appendix 6: Religious, Military, and Marital Background

Appendix 7: Occupations

Appendix 8: Voluntary Organizations

Appendix 9: Public Offices Before Speakership

Appendix 10: Public Offices After Speakership

Bibliography

Index

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