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Richard Mifflin KLEBERG, Sr.

(1887-1955)

KLEBERG, Richard Mifflin, Sr., (nephew of Rudolph Kleberg, cousin of Robert Christian Eckhardt), a Representative from Texas; born on a ranch near Kingsville, Kleberg County, Tex., November 18, 1887; attended the public schools; was graduated from Corpus Christi (Tex.) High School in 1905 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1911; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1909; employed as foreman of the King Ranch, Kingsville, Tex., in 1911, and was active in its management from 1913 to 1924; also engaged in banking; president of the board of Texas College of Arts and Industry 1929-1931; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harry M. Wurzbach; reelected to the Seventy-third and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from November 24, 1931, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; resumed ranching activities; member of the State Game and Fish Commission 1951-1955; chairman of the board of the King Ranch Corp., Kingsville, Tex., at time of death; died while on a visit in Hot Springs, Ark., May 8, 1955; interment in Chamberlain Burial Park, Kingsville, Tex.

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

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