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Lawrence Cowle Phipps

In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1931
Preceded by John F. Shafroth
Succeeded by Edward P. Costigan

Born August 30, 1862(1862-08-30)
Amityville, Pennsylvania
Died March 1, 1958 (aged 95)
Santa Monica, California
Political party Republican

Lawrence Cowle Phipps (August 30, 1862 – March 1, 1958) was a United States Senator representing Colorado from 1919 until 1931.

Phipps was born in Amityville, Pennsylvania but grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he joined the Carnegie Steel Company as a clerk. His uncle, Henry Phipps, was the second largest shareholder in the company. Lawrence Phipps eventually advanced to first vice president. He retired in 1901 and moved to Denver, Colorado, where he was active in investments, and was president of the Colorado Taxpayers's Protective League in 1917.

In 1918, Phipps was elected to the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party, defeating the Democratic incumbent, John Franklin Shafroth. Phipps was reelected in 1924 on the memorable slogan, "A vote for Lawrence C. Phipps is another vote for Coolidge."[1] He did not run again in 1930.

Between 1931 and 1933 Senator Phipps and his third wife, the former Margaret Rogers, built the Phipps Estate, in part to provide jobs during the Great Depression.[2] Mrs. Phipps donated the mansion and grounds to the University of Denver in 1964. Today they are respectively the Margaret Rogers Phipps House and the Lawrence C. Phipps Memorial Conference Center.


Official Congressional Biography, which credits both the U.S. Senate Historical Office and the biography below:

Dictionary of American Biography; Schlup, Leonard. “Colorado Crusader and Western Conservative: Lawrence C. Phipps and the Congressional Campaign of 1926.” Essays in Colorado History 9 (1989): 25-36.

United States Senate
Preceded by
John Shafroth
United States Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
March 4, 1919–March 3, 1931
Served alongside: Charles S. Thomas, Samuel D. Nicholson, Alva B. Adams, Rice W. Means, Charles W. Waterman
Succeeded by
Edward Costigan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joseph Ransdell
Oldest living U.S. Senator
July 27, 1954-March 1, 1958
Succeeded by
Joseph Grundy


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