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Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896–1983) represented Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949 to 1973. He became chair of the House's Interior and Insular Affairs Committee in 1959, which allowed him to become a powerful advocate for the development of the West's natural resources. He was particularly active on water issues, especially those related to the Colorado River. Despite his pro-development stance, he has been credited with playing a significant role in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.

Aspinall was born in Middleburg, Ohio, on April 3, 1896, to Mack and Jessie Edna Aspinall. The family moved to Palisade, Colorado, during Aspinall's childhood. He began his undergraduate education at the University of Denver but ...

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