Harold H. Velde
|Harold H. Velde|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 18th district
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1957
|Preceded by||Edward H. Jenison|
|Succeeded by||Robert H. Michel|
|Born||Harold Himmel Velde
April 1, 1910
Parkland, Tazewell County, Illinois
|Died||September 1, 1985
Sun City, Arizona
|Alma mater||Bradley University
University of Illinois Law School
Harold Himmel Velde (April 1, 1910 – September 1, 1985) was an American political figure from Illinois. While United States Congressman for Illinois' 18th congressional district he was chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee between 1953 and 1955.
Velde was born on a farm near Parkland, Tazewell County, Illinois. After attending rural grade and high school, he attended Bradley University from 1927 to 1929, then graduated from Northwestern University in 1931 and from University of Illinois Law School in 1937.
Velde served as a private in the United States Army Signal Corps in 1942 until becoming a special agent for the FBI's sabotage and counterespionage division in 1943, staying there until 1946. In 1946, he was then elected judge for Tazewell County, Illinois and remained judge until 1949.
In the 83rd United States Congress, he became chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee after the previous chairman, J. Parnell Thomas of New Jersey, went to prison for taking kickbacks.
Velde did not run in 1956, and ended his four terms in Congress on January 3, 1957.
After Congress, Velde returned to practicing law: He was a lawyer in Urbana, Illinois and Washington, D.C. until May 5, 1969. He became a regional counsel for the General Services Administration in Lansing, Illinois in 1969.
- United States Congress. "VELDE, Harold Himmel, (1910 - 1985) (id: V000082)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
- "Ex-Rep. Harold H. Velde; Led Anti-Communist Unit". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. September 8, 1985. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
- "Harold H. Velde". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Rep. Harold H. Velde (January 30, 1953)" is available at the Internet Archive
|United States House of Representatives|
Edward H. Jenison
|U.S. Representative of Illinois's 18th Congressional District
Robert H. Michel