Guide to the Karl LeCompte Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1915 - 1972
Creator: LeCompte, Karl (1887-1972)
Extent: 10.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0131
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: U.S. Representative from Iowa. Correspondence, speeches, and scrapbooks relating to his political career.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs Boxes 12, 21

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

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 1967.

Preferred Citation: Papers of Karl LeCompte, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Biographical Note

Chronological biography

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.

(Biographical Directory of the United States Congress).

Content Description

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. Captiol letters denotes subjects, while sentence case denotes a person's name.

Related Materials

Letter to Karl LeCompte from Mr. Jones at the Piney Woods School. MsL J78 le

Detailed Description of the Collection

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Corporate Names:
Republican Party (Iowa)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States Commission on Civil Rights
United States Congress
United States Congress. House

20th century

Agriculture and politics
Apportionment (Election law)
Election districts
Patronage, Political
Political campaigns
Politics, Practical


Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa

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