Denver S. Church

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Denver S. Church

Denver Samuel Church (December 11, 1862 – February 21, 1952) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Born in Folsom, California, Church attended the common schools. He was graduated from Healdsburg (California) College in 1885. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Fresno, California. He served as district attorney of Fresno County 1907–1913. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916.

Church was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919). On April 5, 1917, he was one of 50 representatives who voted against declaring war on Germany. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1918. He resumed the practice of law in Fresno, California. Superior judge of Fresno County 1924–1930.

Church was elected to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1934. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Fresno, California, February 21, 1952. He was interred in Belmont Memorial Park.

He is the maternal grandfather of famed director Sam Peckinpah.


  • United States Congress. "Denver S. Church (id: C000387)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William D. Stephens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry E. Barbour
Preceded by
William E. Evans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bertrand W. Gearhart

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