Randolph Carpenter

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William Randolph Carpenter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded by Homer Hoch
Succeeded by Edward Herbert Rees
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
1929-1933
Personal details
Born (1894-04-24)April 24, 1894
Marion, Kansas
Died 26 July 1956(1956-07-26) (aged 62)
Topeka, Kansas
Resting place Highland Cemetery, Marion, Kansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Frances Williams
Alma mater University of Michigan Law School
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
World War I veteran
Kansas National Guard
Years of service 1917–1952

William Randolph Carpenter (April 24, 1894 in Marion, Kansas – July 26, 1956 in Topeka, Kansas) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas and a U.S. Army World War I veteran. He died in Topeka, Kansas, July 26, 1956 and was interred in Highland Cemetery, Marion, Kansas.

Biography[edit]

Carpenter attended local public and high schools in Marion, Kansas. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1917, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.[1] He was admitted to the bar that same year and commenced his practice in Marion, Kansas. He continued his family's agricultural pursuits by maintaining his farm.[1]

World War I[edit]

He joined the U. S. Army National Guard in Marion in 1917 as a Second Lieutenant and helped organize Company M under the Third Regiment Infantry, Kansas National Guard. During the First World War he was called to active duty and was transferred to Company M, One Hundred Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment, Thirty-fifth Infantry Division which deployed to France in early 1918. He was promoted to first lieutenant during the Argonne offensive, and served until his discharge on May 8, 1919.[1]

Marriage[edit]

He married Helen Frances Williams (born 20 November 1896 in Marion, Kansas - died January 1994 in Topeka, Kansas) daughter of Fred Reed & Frances Elizabeth (née Skidmore) Williams on 15 July 1920 in Marion, Kansas.[1][2]

Community service[1][edit]

  • He served as member of the Marion Board of Education 1925–1933.
  • He served in the State house of representatives 1929–1933.
  • Carpenter was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933–January 3, 1937). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936 and he resumed the practice of law.
  • He was the United States Attorney for the district of Kansas 1945–1948.
  • He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1948.
  • He served as member of the United States Motor Carrier Claims Commission 1950–1952.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Official Internet website
  2. ^ Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #10 accessed 22 June 2009. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Homer Hoch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
Edward Herbert Rees

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.