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Homer Earl CAPEHART

(1897-1979)
Senate Years of Service:
1945-1963
Party:
Republican

CAPEHART, Homer Earl, a Senator from Indiana; born in Algiers, Pike County, Ind., June 6, 1897; attended the public schools; during the First World War enlisted as a private in the United States Army; promoted to sergeant and served in the Twelfth Infantry 1917-1919; engaged in farming and the radio, phonograph, and television manufacturing business; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1944; reelected in 1950 and 1956 and served from January 3, 1945, to January 3, 1963; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962; chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-third Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-third Congress); engaged in farming, manufacturing, and investment pursuits; retired; resided in Indianapolis, Ind., until his death there September 3, 1979; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Pickett, William B. Homer E. Capehart: A Senator’s Life, 1897-1979. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1990; Taylor, John. “Homer E. Capehart: United States Senator, 1944-1962.” Ph.D. dissertation, Ball State University, 1977.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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