Thomas S. Kleppe

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Thomas Kleppe
Thomas Kleppe (R-NE).jpg
Official portrait of Kleppe as Interior Secretary, 1975
41st United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
October 17, 1975 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byStanley K. Hathaway
Succeeded byCecil Andrus
10th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
January 18, 1971 – October 12, 1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byHilary J. Sandoval Jr.
Succeeded byMitchell P. Kobelinski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byRolland W. Redlin
Succeeded byArthur A. Link
Mayor of Bismarck
In office
April 1950 – April 1954
Preceded byAmil Lenhart
Succeeded byEvan Lips
Personal details
Born(1919-07-01)July 1, 1919
Kintyre, North Dakota, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 2007(2007-03-02) (aged 87)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
SpouseGlen Loew Gompf
Children4
EducationValley City State University (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1942–1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

Thomas Savig Kleppe (July 1, 1919 – March 2, 2007) was an American politician who served as the Representative from North Dakota. He was also the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.[1][2]

Early life and military service[edit]

Kleppe was born on July 1, 1919, in Kintyre, North Dakota, the son of Lars O. Kleppe and his wife Hannah Savig Kleppe. He graduated from Valley City High School in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936. Kleppe graduated from Valley City State University, (then Valley City Teachers College). During World War II, Kleppe served from 1942 to 1946 as a Warrant Officer.[3]

Career[edit]

From 1950 to 1954, Kleppe was the Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. From 1946 to 1964, he was the president and treasurer of the Gold Seal Company. In 1964, Kleppe was the Republican nominee for United States Senate but lost to the popular incumbent Democrat Quentin N. Burdick. In 1966 he was elected to the Ninetieth United States Congress, and he was reelected in 1968 to the Ninety-first United States Congress (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971). Kleppe voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.[4]

With the state's second congressional district by then all but certain to be abolished following the 1970 census, Kleppe opted to seek a rematch against Burdick in 1970. He was once again unsuccessful, losing by a wide margin.[5]

He served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and later served as the Secretary of the Interior for President Gerald Ford. In his capacity as the Secretary of the Interior, Kleppe was the appellant in Kleppe v. New Mexico (1976), when the Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the "power to protect wildlife on the public lands, state law notwithstanding."

Personal life[edit]

His first wife, Frieda K. Kleppe, died in 1957. Kleppe married his second wife, Glendora Loew Gompf, on December 18, 1958. He had two children from his first marriage and two daughters from his second marriage. He resided in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kleppe died of Alzheimer's disease, in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 2, 2007. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Savig Kleppe (Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame) Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Thomas Kleppe" (PDF). Homestead National Monument of America. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 17, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ John Robert Greene (January 6, 2016). "Thomas S. Kleppe (1975–1977) – Secretary of the Interior". Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. Archived from the original on December 7, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "TO PASS H.R. 2516, A BILL TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR INTERFERENCE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS. INTERFERENCE WITH A PERSON ENGAGED IN ONE OF THE 8 ACTIVITIES PROTECTED UNDER THIS BILL MUST BE RACIALLY MOTIVATED TO INCUR THE BILL'S PENALTIES".
  5. ^ "Gold Seal Company". bismarckcafe. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Virginia Grantier (March 5, 2007). "Former Rep. Tom Kleppe dies". Bismarck (ND) Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2016.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from North Dakota
(Class 1)

1964, 1970
Succeeded by
Robert Stroup
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1967–1971
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Administrator of the Small Business Administration
1971–1975
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Secretary of the Interior
1975–1977
Succeeded by