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Arthur CAPPER

(1865-1951)
Senate Years of Service:
1919-1949
Party:
Republican

CAPPER, Arthur, a Senator from Kansas; born in Garnett, Anderson County, Kans., July 14, 1865; attended the common schools; learned the art of printing and subsequently became a newspaper reporter; owner and publisher of the Topeka Daily Capital, Capper’s Weekly, Capper’s Farmer, the Household Magazine, and other publications; owner of two radio stations; president of the board of regents, Kansas Agricultural College 1910-1913; founded The Capper Foundation, Topeka, Kans., in 1920; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Kansas in 1912; Governor of Kansas 1915-1919; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1918; reelected in 1924, 1930, 1936, and again in 1942 and served from March 4, 1919, to January 3, 1949; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Claims (Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses), Committee on District of Columbia (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-second Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Eightieth Congress); returned to Topeka, Kans., and continued publishing business; died in Topeka, Kans., December 19, 1951; interment in Topeka Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; American National Biography; Capper, Arthur. The Agricultural Bloc. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1922; Socolofsky, Homer E. Arthur Capper, Publisher, Politician, and Philanthropist. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1962.

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

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