Don B. Colton

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Don B. Colton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byMilton H. Welling
Succeeded byAbe Murdock
Member of the Utah Senate
In office
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1876-09-15)September 15, 1876
Mona, Utah Territory
DiedAugust 1, 1952(1952-08-01) (aged 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mazie Hall
Grace Stringham
Alma materBrigham Young University
University of Michigan Law School

Don Byron Colton (September 15, 1876 – August 1, 1952) was a U.S. Representative from Utah.

Early life[edit]

Born near Mona, Juab County, Utah Territory, Colton moved with his parents to Uintah County, Utah Territory in 1879. He attended the public schools and the Uintah Academy, Vernal, Utah. He was graduated from the commercial department of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1896. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1905. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Vernal, Utah.

Political career[edit]

Colton was receiver of the United States land office at Vernal 1905–1914. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904, 1924, and 1928 as well as a delegate to the Republican State conventions 1914–1924. He was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1934. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Utah in 1940.

Utah House of Representatives[edit]

Colton served as member of the Utah House of Representatives in 1903. He also served as member of the State senate 1915–1917.


Colton was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933). He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 1 (Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. While in Congress Colton served as the Sunday School teacher for the LDS Church Sunday School in Washington, D.C..[1]


He engaged in teaching in 1898, 1901, and 1902. Colton resumed the practice of law in Vernal, Utah.

From 1910–1921 Colton served as the president of the Uintah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2] From 1933 to 1937, Colton served as president of the Eastern States Mission of the LDS Church.[3]

He moved to Salt Lake City in 1937 and continued the practice of law.

He also engaged in farming, ranching, sheep and stock raising, and other business enterprises.


Colton died in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1, 1952. Immediately prior to this he was serving as the head of the LDS Church mission home in Salt Lake City.[4] Colton had been serving in this position since he had taken over from J. Wyley Sessions in 1938.

Colton was interred in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.


  1. ^ Kimball, Spencer W., talk in October 1968 general conference
  2. ^ Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 651
  3. ^ Conference Report, April 1935 - Elder Don B. Colton[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Conferences Report General Conference of the LDS Church, October 1952, p. 4
  • United States Congress. "Don B. Colton (id: C000652)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ernest Bamberger
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Utah
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Philo Farnsworth
Preceded by
Ray E. Dillman
Republican nominee for Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
J. Bracken Lee
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milton H. Welling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Abe Murdock