Skip to main content

Letts, Fred Dickinson

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1875-1965

Fred Dickinson Letts was born near Ainsworth, Iowa, on April 26, 1875. He graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa in 1897. In 1899, he graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa. After passing the bar exam, Letts began his law practice in Davenport, Iowa. In 1911, Fred Dickinson Letts was appointed judge of the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa where he served until December of 1912. In 1914, he was appointed to the same position, this time remaining there until he was elected to Congress in 1925. A Republican, he spent three terms in the US House of Representatives. President Herbert Hoover appointed Letts an associate justice of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in 1931. He remained there until his retirement thirty years later. Fred Dickinson Letts died on January 19, 1965.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Fred Dickinson Letts Papers

 Collection
Identifier: msc0072
Abstract Attorney, Congressman, and judge. Correspondence, family and personal records, with court decisions and speeches.
Dates: 1841-1965; Majority of material found in 1940-1970