Louis Ludlow

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Louis Leon Ludlow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by William H. Larrabee
Succeeded by Andrew Jacobs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by David Hogg
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1933
Preceded by Ralph E. Updike
Succeeded by Arthur H. Greenwood
Personal details
Born (1873-06-24)June 24, 1873
Connersville, Indiana
Died November 28, 1950(1950-11-28) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katherine Huber
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Profession Newspaper reporter

Louis Leon Ludlow (June 24, 1873 – November 28, 1950) was a Democratic Indiana congressman; he proposed a constitutional amendment early in 1938 requiring a national referendum on any U.S. declaration of war except in cases of direct attack. Congress rejected the Ludlow Amendment only by a narrow margin and after an appeal from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Personal life[edit]

Ludlow was born on a farm near Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana on June 24, 1873, as one of eight children of Henry Louis and Isabelle (Smiley) Ludlow. He was married on September 17, 1896, to Katherine Huber of Irvington, Indiana, the society editor on the Sentinel in Washington. After his tenth term in Congress, he resumed work as a newspaper correspondent until his death in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University Hospital, on November 28, 1950, at the age of 77. He was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC and was survived by his wife and four children, Margery, Blanche, Virginia, and Louis.

Professional life[edit]

He moved to Indianapolis in 1892, where he became a reporter (for the Indianapolis Sun and then the Indianapolis Sentinel and the Indianapolis Press) and later a political writer. Ludlow was a Washington correspondent for Indiana and Ohio newspapers (the Indianapolis Star, the Star League of Indiana, the Columbus Dispatch, and the Ohio State Journal) and a member of the Congressional Press Galleries from 1901 to 1929. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and the nine succeeding Congresses from 1929 to 1949.

John Rarick, an Indiana native, who served as a Democratic U.S. representative from Louisiana from 1967–1975, tried without success to resurrect the Ludlow Amendment during the Vietnam War during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon.[1]


  1. ^ Congressional Record, September 15, 1971

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ralph E. Updike
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Arthur H. Greenwood
Preceded by
David Hogg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th congressional district

District abolished
Preceded by
William H. Larrabee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Andrew Jacobs