October 29, 2022

John Hay Comstock, 1904-1993 [RG0894.AM]


RG0894.AM:  John Hay Comstock, 1904-1993

Scrapbook (photocopies): 1931-1942
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Lawyer, State legislator
Size:  Two folders


John H. Comstock was born at Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, March 28, 1904, the son of Wilmer Beecher and Jessie (Spurek) Comstock. Mr. Comstock was a student at the McKinley, Everett and McKinley Preparatory School, where he was graduated, in 1918. In 1920 he graduated from the Lincoln High School. He was awarded the following degrees at the University of Nebraska: B. S., 1924; and LL. B., with cum laude honors, 1927. He won his college letter in track at the University of Nebraska in 1926; was awarded The Order of the Coif; and was president of his class in 1927. He was elected to membership in Phi Alpha Delta and Alpha Kappa Pal. He was student editor of Nebraska Law Bulletin, 1920-27.  Comstock was admitted to the bar at Lincoln, June 4, 1927, and afterwards was associated with the law firm Comstock & Comstock, engaged in the active practice of law. He was elected representative from District 35 to the Nebraska Legislature, in 1931. He was a Republican. He was a member of the Unitarian Church at Lincoln, as well as a member of the Lancaster Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce at Lincoln.

John Hay Comstock died on September 21, 1993.


The collection consists primarily of photocopies of a scrapbook relating to the legislative career of John Hay Comstock. Comstock served as a Nebraska State Legislator (1931-1939), an assistant Attorney General, and ran for City Council in Lincoln. Included are photocopies of newspaper clippings from Lincoln and Omaha papers highlighting state legislative business; copies of roll calls; letterhead and envelopes; election/campaign literature, including literature for Donald E. Renner. There is substantial material on a 1937 bill concerning euthanasia, including clippings and letters both from Nebraska and other states in reaction to it, and a bill concerning the illumination of the State Capitol.


Photocopies of clippings, correspondence, etc. (2 folders)

Subject headings:

Campaign literature
Comstock, John Hay, 1904-1993
Euthanasia — Nebraska
Legislation — Nebraska
Legislative bodies — Nebraska
Legislators — Nebraska
Lincoln (Nebraska) — Politics and government
Municipal officials and employees — Nebraska — Lincoln
Nebraska — Politics and government
Politicians — Nebraska
Renner, Donald E., 1906-1961
Republican Party — Nebraska

Revised TMM          09-30-2016

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