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Walter K. Granger

Walter Keil Granger (October 11, 1888 – April 21, 1978) was a U.S. Representative from Utah.

Walter K. Granger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byAbe Murdock
Succeeded byDouglas R. Stringfellow
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
In office
Mayor of Cedar City
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1888-10-11)October 11, 1888
St. George, Utah Territory
DiedApril 21, 1978(1978-04-21) (aged 89)
Cedar City Utah
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materBranch Agricultural College
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Marine Corps.svg Marine Corps
Years of service1918–1919
UnitEleventh Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War I

Born in St. George, Utah, Granger moved with his parents to Cedar City, Utah, in 1894. He attended the public schools and graduated from Branch Agricultural College at Cedar City, Utah in 1909. From 1909 to 1911 Granger served as an LDS missionary in the Southern States Mission.[1]

Granger served as postmaster of Cedar City from 1914 to 1922. During this time he served overseas as a sergeant in the Eleventh Regiment of the United States Marine Corps from 1918 to 1919, which saw no combat in the waning days of World War I. He later twice served as mayor of Cedar City from 1923 to 1926 and 1930 to 1932. From 1926 until at least 1930 Granger was also the LDS Bishop of the Cedar 3rd Ward in Ceder City.[1]

Advancing his political career, Granger served as member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1932 to 1937, and serving as speaker in 1935. He then served as member of the Public Service Commission of Utah from 1937 to 1940. In 1941 Granger was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1953). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1952 but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate. In 1954 he was again an unsuccessful candidate, in the election to the 84th United States Congress.

Granger was engaged in agricultural pursuits and livestock raising and served as member of the board of trustees of Utah State Agricultural College. After his political life he resumed his farming interests and from 1967 to 1970 served as member of the Board of Appeals of the United States Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture.

After retiring, he resided again in Cedar City, where he died April 21, 1978 at the age of 89. He was interred in Cedar City Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Walter K. Granger (id: G000379)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. ^ a b Andrew Jensen. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 573

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abe Murdock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Douglas R. Stringfellow