Karl LeCompte Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection is organized by broad topical categories, and then by year. Two boxes in the sequence (17 and18) have been assigned item numbers and a cross reference index prepared for these two boxes. A detailed index list of the contents can be found in Series III. Capital letters denotes subjects, while sentence case denotes a person's name.
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- 1939 - 1972
- LeCompte, Karl (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
1887: Born in Corydon, Iowa May 25, the son of Charles Francis and Hannah Miles LeCompte
1909: Received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa
1910: Publisher of the Corydon Times-Republican
1927: Married Dorothy Tye
1917 -- 1921: Served as State Senator in the Iowa Legislature
1918: Gave service in the United States Army during World War I
1939 -- 1959: Republican member of United States Congress
1967: Resides in Corydon, Iowa
1972: Dies in Centerville
Representative from Iowa, born in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa, May 25, 1887, where he attended the public schools. He graduated from the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1909 and became owner and publisher of the Corydon Times-Republican in 1910. During the First World War served as a private in the medical detachment of United States General Hospital No. 26 in 1918. He was a member of the State senate 1917 -- 1921 and was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1959). He served as chairman of the Committee on House Administration (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress. He returned to newspaper publishing. After retirement he continued as a contributing editor.
Karl LeCompte died in Centerville, Iowa, September 30, 1972, and is buried in Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, Iowa.
19.50 linear feet
Language of Materials
U.S. Representative from Iowa. Correspondence, speeches, and scrapbooks relating to his political career.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of Congressman Karl Miles LeCompte were obtained as a gift for the library from the Honorable Karl LeCompte through the efforts of Ronald L. Fingerson in 1966 and Mrs. Dorothy LeCompte in 1972.
- 20th century
- Agriculture and politics
- Apportionment (Election law)
- Election districts
- Patronage, Political
- Political campaigns
- Politics, Practical
- Republican Party (Iowa)
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- United States Commission on Civil Rights
- United States. Congress
- United States. Congress. House
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- Script of description
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