HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale

HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale, a Representative from Kansas; born in Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, June 9, 1893; attended the public schools and Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebr.; was graduated from Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kans., in 1917 and was admitted to the bar the same year; during the First World War served as a second lieutenant with the Thirty-fifth and Eighty-fifth Divisions in the United States and France 1917-1919; commenced practice of law in Garden City, Kans., in 1919; member of the State house of representatives 1921-1927, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1923 and as speaker in 1925; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1927-January 3, 1957); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1956; president, Great Plains Wheat, Inc., of Garden City, Kans., 1959-1963; died in Garden City, Kans., May 16, 1970; interment in Valley View Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Kansas State Historical Society

Topeka, KS
Papers: 1927-1957. ca. 110 cubic feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence and photographs. Box list available. Restricted.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Duram, James C., and Eleanor A. Duram. "Congressman Clifford Hope's Correspondence with His Constituents: A Conservative View of the Court-Packing of 1937." Kansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Spring 1971): 64-80.

Forsythe, James L. "Clifford Hope of Kansas: Practical Congressman and Agrarian Idealist." Agricultural History 51 (April 1977): 406-20.

___. "Postmortem in the Election of 1948: An Evaluation of Cong. Clifford R. Hope's Views." Kansas Historical Quarterly 38 (Autumn 1972): 338-59.

Hope, Clifford. Quiet Courage: Kansas Congressman Clifford R. Hope. Manhattan, Kans.: Sunflower University Press, 1997.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture. Proceedings before the Committee on Agriculture. Presentation of a portrait of the Honourable Clifford R. Hope, to the Committee on Agriculture, United States House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1956.

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