Henry Aldous Dixon

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Henry Aldous Dixon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byDouglas R. Stringfellow
Succeeded byM. Blaine Peterson
Personal details
Born(1890-06-29)June 29, 1890
Provo, Utah Territory
DiedJanuary 22, 1967(1967-01-22) (aged 76)
Ogden, Utah
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBrigham Young University
University of Chicago
University of Southern California
OccupationCollege President

Henry Aldous Dixon (June 29, 1890 – January 22, 1967) was a U.S. Representative from Utah and the president of first Weber College and later Utah State Agricultural College.


Born in Provo, Utah County, Utah, Dixon attended the public schools until high school, when he attended private Brigham Young High School, from which he graduated in 1909. He graduated from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1914, from the University of Chicago in 1917, and from the University of Southern California in 1937.[1]


Dixon was an instructor at Weber College, which later became Weber State University, from 1914 to 1918, and served as the college's president twice, in 1919–1920 and 1937–1953. Between these presidential terms, he served as superintendent of Provo city schools from 1920–1924 and again in 1932-1937. Between these two terms as superintendent, from 1924 to 1932, Dixon was managing vice president of Farmers and Merchants Bank.[1][2] During his second term as president of Weber College, he was a member of the President's Commission on Higher Education (1946–1948), a member of the board of directors of Salt Lake Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (1945–1951), and director of the Association of Junior Colleges (1950–1954).

After heading Weber College, he became president of Utah State Agricultural College (which later became Utah State University) at Logan, Utah from August 1953 to December 1954.

In 1954, Republican 1st District Congressman Douglas Stringfellow was forced to retire from Congress after only one term after it emerged he had lied about both his service record in World War II and his educational history. Dixon was asked to replace Stringfellow on the ballot only 16 days before the election and won. He served in the Eighty-fourth, Eighty-fifth, and Eighty-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1961). He did not seek renomination in 1960.

Later activities[edit]

Dixon taught at Brigham Young University, his alma mater, until 1965.

He died in Ogden, Utah, January 22, 1967 and was interred in Washington Heights Memorial Park.


  1. ^ a b "Dixon, Henry Aldous, (1890 - 1967)". Biographical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress.
  2. ^ Could this be the Farmers and Merchants Bank (Nampa, Idaho)?


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Owen F. Beal
President of Weber Normal College
1919 – 1920
Succeeded by
Joel E. Ricks
Preceded by
Leland W. Creer
President of Weber College
1937 – 1953
Succeeded by
William P. Miller
Preceded by
Louis Linden Madsen
President of Utah State Agricultural College
1953 – 1954
Succeeded by
Daryl Chase
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Douglas R. Stringfellow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
M. Blaine Peterson

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.