Reva Zilpha Beck BOSONE, Congress, UT (1895-1983)


BOSONE, Reva Zilpha Beck, a Representative from Utah; born in American Fork, Utah County, Utah, April 2, 1895; attended the public schools; graduated from Westminster Junior College in 1917 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1919; taught high school 1920-1927; graduated from the University of Utah College of Law at Salt Lake City in 1930 and was admitted to the bar the same year; practiced law in Helper, Carbon County, Utah, 1931-1933 and Salt Lake City, 1933-1936; member of the State house of representatives 1933-1935, serving as floor leader in 1935; elected Salt Lake City judge in 1936 and served until elected to Congress; during the Second World War was chairman of Women’s Army Corps Civilian Advisory Committee of the Ninth Service Command; official observer at United Nations Conference at San Francisco in 1945; first director of Utah State Board for Education on Alcoholism in 1947 and 1948; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress and for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1956; resumed the practice of law in Salt Lake City, 1953-1957; legal counsel to Safety and Compensation Subcommittee of House Committee on Education and Labor 1957-1960; judicial officer, Post Office Department in 1961-1968; was a resident of Vienna, Va., until her death there July 21, 1983.


Clopton, Beverly B. Her Honor, the Judge: The Story of Reva Beck Bosone. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1980.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present