HALLECK, Charles Abraham

HALLECK, Charles Abraham
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1900–1986

Biography

HALLECK, Charles Abraham, a Representative from Indiana; born in Demotte, Jasper County, Ind., August 22, 1900; attended the public schools; during the First World War served in the Infantry of the United States Army; Indiana University at Bloomington, A.B., 1922 and from the law department of the same university, LL.B., 1924; was admitted to the bar in 1924 and commenced practice in Rensselaer, Ind.; prosecuting attorney for the thirtieth judicial circuit 1924-1934; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman-elect Frederick Landis; reelected to the Seventy-fifth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses and served from January 29, 1935, to January 3, 1969; majority leader (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); minority leader (Eighty-sixth, Eighty-seventh, and Eighty-eighth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; delegate to each Republican National Convention from 1936 to 1968, and permanent chairman in 1960; was a resident of Rensselaer, Ind. until his death in Lafayette, Ind., March 3, 1986; interment in Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Indiana University
Manuscripts Department, Lilly Library

Bloomington, IN
Papers: 1911-1968; 291,978 items. The bulk of the material consists primarily of correspondence between Charles Abraham Halleck and prominent political figures and constituents in Indiana. Topics covered in the correspondence include the Lake Shore Harbor, Dunes National Park, prayer in public schools, civil rights, state and federal taxes, military appointments, political campaigns, and the battle with Gerald R. Ford for minority leader. A finding aid is available at the repository and online.

Columbia University
Oral History Project

New York, NY
Oral History: 1967, 36 pages.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Abilene, KS
Oral History: 1967, 36 pages. Furnished by agreement with Columbia University.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Papers: In the James P. Goodrich papers, 1877-1941, 12 linear feet. Subject files include Halleck. Container list available at the repository and online.
Papers: In the Herbert Hoover papers, 1933-1964, 520 linear feet. Halleck included among correspondents. Finding aid available at the repository and online.
Papers: In the Raymond S. Richmond collection, 1928-1967, 1 linear foot. Halleck included in subject files. A container list is available at the repository and online.
Papers: In the Henry J. Taylor papers, 1903-1984, 6.5 linear feet. Halleck included in correspondence and subject files. A finding aid is available at the repository and online.
Oral History: 19 pages. Index in library.

Indiana University
Center for the Study of History and Memory

Bloomington, IN
Oral History: In the Indiana Politics Oral History Project, 1969, 199 pages, 7 sound tape reels. Halleck discusses career highlights including his work on committees and legislation, as well as presidential conventions and elections.
Oral History: In the William E. Jenner and Indiana Politics Oral History Project, 1971, 9 pages, 1 sound tape reel. Halleck speaks about serving as a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention and his involvement in nominating Wendell Wilkie.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Lawrence F. O'Brien papers, 1961-1963, 14 linear feet. These White House Congressional Liaison Office files contain correspondence and related material on individual members of the House.
Oral History: 1965, 39 pages.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 1968, 31 pages. Description in library. Restricted.

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1960, 1 item. A letter from Gerald R. Ford to Halleck discussing a meeting of the Republican Conference.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Wilber M. Brucker papers, 1877-1968, 52 linear feet. Correspondents include Halleck. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1959, 10 linear feet and two volumes. Halleck included among correspondents. Finding aid available in the repository.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Albert collection, 1946-1998, 992 cubic feet. Halleck included among correspondents. An inventory is available at the repository and online.

University of Virginia
Albert H. Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Oral History: 1975-1984, 27 sound cassettes. Halleck included among people interviewed by Bruce J. Dierenfield for a biography of Howard Worth Smith.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Halleck, Charles A. "Conservation of Coal." A. B. Thesis, Indiana University, 1922.

Peabody, Robert L. The Ford-Halleck Minority Leadership Contest. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

Scheele, Henry Z. Charlie Halleck: A Political Biography. Hicksville, N.Y.: Exposition, 1966.

------. "President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the U.S. House Leader Charles A. Halleck: An Examination of an Executive-Legislative Relationship." Presidential Studies Quarterly 23 (Spring 1993): 289-300.

Womack, Steven Douglas. "Charles A. Halleck and the New Frontier: Political Opposition through the Madisonian Model." Ph.D. diss., Ball State University, 1980.

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Related Media

"The Clinic"

Description of Indiana Congressman Charlie Halleck's office space, "The Clinic."

Joe Bartlett, Clerk to the Minority, U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded October 12, 2006 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)