DELPH E. CARPENTER PAPERS, 1921-1945
1877 Born May 13. Son of Leroy S. and Martha Allen (Bennett) Carpenter, near Greeley, Colorado.
1896 Student-literature department, Denver.
1897-99 Student law department, Denver.
1899 LLB, Denver.
1899-1908 General law practice.
1901 June 5, married Michaela Hogarty
1908-1951 Engaged in irrigation and interstate river law
1908-1912 Member Colorado Senate
1909-1911 Chairman, Commission Interstate Water Investigations
1910-1919 Counsel in original proceeding in case of Wyoming vs. Colorado, involving appropriation of waters of the Laramie River.
1918 Special assistant attorney general of Colorado in charge interstate water litigation.
Managing and director counsel for Colorado in South Platte litigation between Nebraska and Colorado; special counsel for Colorado in Republican River litigation between Nebraska and Colorado; counsel for Colorado in interstate boundary, New Mexico vs. Colorado.
Special envoy Governor of Colorado to Governor of New Mexico to submit LaPlata River interstate water controversy to interstate compact commission; originator program exercise treaty powers of states in interstate river controversies; drew legislation, 1920-21, enacted by California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming, providing for formulation by interstate treaty commission of compact between the seven states respecting the future use and disposition of waters of the Colorado River and tributaries, and prepared congressional legislation providing for a national representative on same commission.
Appointed interstate compact commissioner for Colorado, to serve on commissions respecting settlement of future use and disposition of Colorado, LaPlata, Arkansas, South Platte and Laramie rivers.
Special counsel for Colorado for reargument Laramie River and Republican River cases before U.S. Supreme Court.
1922 Concluded Colorado River compact, also LaPlata River compact (Colorado and New Mexico)
1923 Appointed treaty commissioner Colorado, use and disposition waters of Rio Grande, Arkansas, South Platte and North Platte rivers.
1923-1927 In charge of all interstate river controversies for Colorado
Concluded compact between Colorado and Nebraska in waters South Platte; reappointed, counsel for Colorado, Rio Grand controversy with New Mexico, Texas and U. S.
Aug. and Sept. Commissioner for Colorado at Conference of governors and commissioners of Colorado River states at Denver.
Engaged in negotiations respecting North Platte and Colorado rivers, and in miscellaneous interstate river work.
Included compact between Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, respecting waters of the Rio Grand river.
Counsel for Colorado in suit of Arizona vs. California, et al, before U.S. Supreme Court.
Commissioner for Colorado, North Platte River compact negotiations (Colorado and Wyoming)
1927 LLD, University of Colorado.
1951 Died February 27; buried Linn Grove cemetery, Greeley, Colorado
Colorado River Commission
Correspondence, 1922-1927 (14 folders)
Correspondence, 1928-1933 (10 folders)
Ernest Carman, ‘Sovereign rights in control of American waters’
Colorado River Aqueduct, 1933
San Juan River Compact, 1929-1930
Water Defense/Reclamation Bill, 1929-1932
North Platte River Compact
Correspondence, 1924-1939 (11 folders)
North Platte River Commission Hearings, July 1924 (2 folders)
Rio Grande Compact and Treaty
Correspondence, 1929-1944 and undated
South Platte River Compact; 1923, 1931