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Reva Beck Bosone

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Reva Beck Bosone
Reva Bosone.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byWilliam A. Dawson
Succeeded byWilliam A. Dawson
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1895-04-02)April 2, 1895
American Fork, Utah Territory
DiedJuly 21, 1983(1983-07-21) (aged 88)
Vienna, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Harold G. Cutler (m. 1920–1921)[1]
Joseph Bosone (m. 1929–1940)[2]
Alma materWestminster Junior College
University of California at Berkeley
University of Utah College of Law

Reva Zilpha Beck Bosone (April 2, 1895 – July 21, 1983) was an American attorney and politician. She was a U.S. Representative from Utah. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Utah.[3]

Born in American Fork in the Utah Territory, the daughter of a Danish immigrant father,[4] Bosone attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1915.[5] She graduated from Westminster Junior College in 1917 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1919.[6] She taught high school 1920–1927. She graduated from the University of Utah College of Law at Salt Lake City in 1930 and was admitted to the bar the same year. Bosone was the 14th woman admitted to the Utah State Bar.[7] She then practiced law in Helper, Utah, from 1931 to 1933 and Salt Lake City from 1933 to 1936. She served as member of the State house of representatives 1933–1935, serving as floor leader in 1935.

Bosone was elected Salt Lake City judge in 1936 and served until elected to Congress. During the Second World War, she was chairman of Women's Army Corps Civilian Advisory Committee of the Ninth Service Command. In the 1940s, Bosone hosted her own weekly radio show on KDLY called Her Honor, the Judge, in which she presented legal case studies.[8] She served as official observer at the United Nations Conference at San Francisco in 1945 and as the first director of Utah State Board for Education on Alcoholism in 1947 and 1948.

Bosone was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953).[9] While in office, Bosone advocated for social welfare programs including extending Social Security for military personnel, and voted against the Subversive Activities Control and Communist Registration Act.[10] In 1949–1951 Bosone served on the Public Lands Committee, and in 1951–1953 she also served on the House Administration Committee.[10] She was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress and for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress. She served as delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1956. She resumed the practice of law in Salt Lake City from 1953 to 1957 and was legal counsel to Safety and Compensation Subcommittee of House Committee on Education and Labor 1957–1960. She was also a judicial officer of the Post Office Department in 1961–1968. Bosone was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Utah in 1977.[11] She was a resident of Vienna, Virginia, until her death there July 21, 1983.

See also


  1. ^ Clopton, B. (1980) Her Honor, the Judge: the Story of Reva Beck Bosone. Ames, IA: The Iowa State University Press. p.43
  2. ^ Clopton, B. (1980) Her Honor, the Judge: the Story of Reva Beck Bosone. Ames, IA: The Iowa State University Press. p. 101
  3. ^ "Reva Beck Bosone".
  4. ^ "United States Census, 1900", FamilySearch, retrieved March 6, 2018
  5. ^ "Portraits of Reva Beck Bosone from her early years; High School Graduation, 1915. - Multimedia Archives Photographs".
  6. ^ Clopton, B. (1980) Her Honor, the Judge: the Story of Reva Beck Bosone. Ames, IA: The Iowa State University Press.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Living history: Reva Beck Bosone blazed a trail for Utah women".
  9. ^ Bosone, Reva Zilpha Beck (1895-1983). (2013). In S. O'Dea, From suffrage to the Senate: America's political women. Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing. Retrieved from
  10. ^ a b "BOSONE, Reva Zilpha Beck - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives".
  11. ^ "Reva Beck Bosone at a reception given in honor of her honorary doctorate from the University of Utah, June 1977. - Multimedia Archives Photographs".


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Dawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William A. Dawson
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