Alva Blanchard Adams Edit Profile
Bachelor of Philosophy, Yale, 1896. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia, 1899.
For the Governor of Colorado, see Alva Adams (governor). He became a county attorney in Pueblo County, Colorado in 1909, a regent of the State University of Colorado in 1911, and Pueblo city attorney in 1911. During World War I, Adams served as a major in the Judge Advocate General's department in 1918 and 1919.
In 1923, he was appointed to fill the vacancy in the United States Senate caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholson. He served until a special election in November 1924 (in which he did not run). He ran successfully in 1932 with Oscar L. Chapman managing his campaign, and again in 1938.
He died in office from a myocardial infarction in Washington, D.C. in 1941, just days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Alva B. Adams Tunnel under Rocky Mountain National Park is named for him. The Alva B. Adams tunnel is the key component of the largest transmountain water diversion in the state of Colorado—the Colorado-Big Thompson Project (C-BT).
The tunnel is 13.1 miles (211 km) long and has a concrete lined diameter of 9.75 feet (297 m). The tunnel runs in a straight line under the Continental Divide from west to east and passing under Rocky Mountain National Park. Senator Adams' father, Alva Adams, served as the Governor of the State of Colorado 1887-1889, 1897–1899, and 1905.
Alva Adams was first appointed to the U.S. Senate to vill a vacancy during the first session of the 68th Congress. Even though he had been appointed in May 1923, Congress did not convene its first session until December of that year. A first edition of the Official Congressional Directory indicates he did not serve on any committees that session.
After Adams was elected in 1932 to the 73rd Congress, he was appointed to several standing committees. Overall, he served on 5 standing committees and 3 select or special committees. Adams also served as chairman of the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation during the 73rd and 74th Congresses and chaired the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys from the 75th through 77th Congresses.
Member Adams & Gast; member United States Senate, May 17, 1923, to_fill vacancy caused by death of Samuel D. Nicholson. Mason (33°), Elk.
Married Elizabeth Matty, October 25, 1909. Children: Ella (Mistress Joseph A. Uhl), Elizabeth (Mistress James W. Booth), Alva B., William H.