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Edward Francis Colladay was an attorney active in Washington civic, political and educational activities for nearly sixty-five years. Colladay was born in Virginia, IL on February 15,1877. In 1886, his family moved to Hutchinson Kansas where he entered a law office as an apprentice, and after two years was admitted to the Kansas bar at the age of nineteen.
Colladay arrived in Washington, D.C. in September 1897 and enrolled in the old Columbian Law School, which is now George Washington University Law School. He received his LLB IN 1898 and his LLM the following year. On his twenty-first birthday, E.F. Colladay was admitted to the District Bar. He immediately joined law offices at 410 Fifth Street NW.
In 1904, Colladay was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court. In the same year, he joined the Washington Board of Trade, which he became president of in 1923, 1924, and 1937 was elected `man of the year' in 1958. Colladay was chairman of the Federation of Citizens Association in 1915 and 1916. He also served as the vice-chairman of the Citizens Joint Committee on National Representation. Colladay served as a member of the board of trustees for the American University from 1921 until the time of his death. He was first vice president of the board of trustees from 1931 through 1941 and was vice chairman from 1941 to 1945.
In his political activities, E.F. Colladay served as the secretary of the committee to raise funds for the 1904 election of Theodore Roosevelt. Colladay was a member of the Republican National Committee. He was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1948 and an alternate delegate in 1952 and 1956. Also, Colladay was a member of the executive committee that arranged the inauguration of Warren G. Harding, and he was vice chairman of the inaugural committee for Calvin Coolidge. Colladay served as chairman of the committee of Reception of Governors and Special Guests at the Hoover inauguration in 1929 and again at the Eisenhower inaugurations of 1953 and 1957. Colladay was also active in selective service in both World Wars.
In Colladay’s activities as an attorney, he served as general counsel to the First National Bank of Washington, special counsel to the D.C. Transit System, and counsel emeritus to the Board of Trade.
E.F. Colladay was involved in various clubs in Washington, such as the University Club, the National Press Club, Capitol Hill Club, Jefferson Island Club, Izaak Walton League, and The National Lawyers Club. In New York City he was a member of the Union League Club, Lawyers Club, and The Association of the Bar.
Other organizations Colladay was involved with are the American Society of International Law, American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, National Tax Association, and Federal Bar Association. Colladay was also a Mason for fifty years.
E.F. Colladay's first wife Cora died in 1958. He married Matlyne Lavonia Eich Miller shortly before his death November 10, 1961 at the age of eighty-four. E.F. Colladay had three sons, one of whom he shared law offices with at the firm of Colladay and Colladay.
Scope and Content Note
E.F. Colladay's legal counsel papers consist of records of pledges given to the American University and legal actions taken by the University or against it. The records also contain the minutes of the board of trustees and other committees.
The E.F. Colladay Papers were given to the University Archives in March 1962 by David Colladay, the son of E.F. Colladay, of the law firm Colladay and Colladay.