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William Randolph CARPENTER

(1894-1956)

CARPENTER, William Randolph, a Representative from Kansas; born in Marion, Marion County, Kans., April 24, 1894; attended public and high schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1917; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Marion, Kans.; also interested in agricultural pursuits; organized Company M, Third Regiment Infantry, Kansas National Guard, serving as second lieutenant; during the First World War was transferred to Company M, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Infantry, Thirty-fifth Division; was promoted to first lieutenant during the Argonne offensive, and served until his discharge on May 8, 1919; member of the Marion Board of Education 1925-1933; served in the State house of representatives 1929-1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; resumed the practice of law; United States attorney for the district of Kansas 1945-1948; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1948; member of the United States Motor Carrier Claims Commission 1950-1952; died in Topeka, Kans., July 26, 1956; interment in Highland Cemetery, Marion, Kans.

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

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