|A United States Senator from Utah from 1933-1951, Elbert D. Thomas (1883-1953)
chaired the Military Affairs Committee as well as served on the Education
and Labor, Foreign Relations, Mines and Mining, and Pensions committees.
He was a major sponsor of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the
Wages and Hours Act of 1938, the Nurses Education bill, and the G.I. Bill
of Rights. Prior to World War II, Thomas was a leading interventionist
and supporter of lend-lease. After he left the Senate, Thomas became the
first civilian High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific
The collection consists of a typescript of "Our Four Fears: A Commentary on America's Risks in the After-War World," a 1942 book written by Thomas. The longtime senator was the author of numerous books and articles on Oriental affairs and international relations. The bulk of Thomas's papers are housed at the Utah State Historical Society. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.
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