John H. Hoeppel

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John Henry Hoeppel (February 10, 1881 - September 21, 1976) was a U.S. Representative from California. He was convicted in 1936 of trying to sell an appointment to the West Point Military Academy and served time in jail.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born near[where?] Tell City, Indiana, Hoeppel attended grammar school in Evansville, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Army on July 27, 1898, and served successively as private, corporal, and sergeant until 1921, with service in France during the First World War.

Hoeppel moved to Arcadia, California, in 1919. He was the postmaster of Arcadia from 1923 to 1931. In 1928, he became editor of National Defense magazine.

Political career[edit]

Hoeppel was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937). He served as chairman of the Committee on War Claims (Seventy-fourth Congress).

Hoeppel was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress, afterwards resuming his editorial career. He was an unsuccessful Prohibition candidate for election in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress, losing to future U.S. President Richard Nixon.


Hoeppel died in Arcadia, California, on September 21, 1976 and is buried in Resurrection Cemetery, San Gabriel, California.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jerry Voorhis

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.