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H. (Hiram) Ralph Burton's obituary dated August 12, 1971 (Washington Post) states that he was a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., aged 89 years old when he died on August 5, 1971 and a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. He served as Special Investigator for the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, 1938-1939 and 1940-1941, and House Appropriations Committee in charge of NYC and State, investigation of the W.P.A. 1939-1940; General Counsel to the House Military Affairs Committee, 1941-1947; Chief Investigator for the Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, 1947-1948; General Counsel for the House Campaign Expenditures Committee, 1948-1949 and the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials, 1952-1953. He was also a founding life member of the National Press Club and a member of the Alfalfa Club.

This collection contains his papers from the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, the House Military Affairs Committee, and issues concerning Communism, pornography, and birth control.

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Publication Date

October 2001


House Appropriations, Senate Campaign Expenditures, House Military Affairs, Post Office, Civil Service, National Press Club, birth control, W.P.A., WPA


American Politics | History | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Political History | Political Science | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-033: The Papers of H. Ralph Burton