CARSS, William Leighton

CARSS, William Leighton
69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1865–1931

Biography

CARSS, William Leighton, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Pella, Marion County, Iowa, February 15, 1865; moved with his parents to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1867; attended the public schools; studied civil and mechanical engineering and followed that profession for a number of years; moved to St. Louis County, Minn., in 1893 and settled in Proctor; engaged as a locomotive engineer; elected as a Union Labor candidate to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1921); unsuccessful candidate for reelection as a Democrat in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress and for election in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; elected on the Farmer-Laborite ticket to the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress and for election in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; moved to Duluth, Minn., in 1929; resumed his position as locomotive engineer at Proctor, Minn.; died in Duluth, Minn., May 31, 1931; interment in Oneota Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1918-1929, 3 cubic feet. The collection consists largely of legislative issue files documenting William Leighton Carss's efforts for his constituents, especially those in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties. There is information on the construction of the Duluth Aerial Life Bridge and harbor improvements; agitation for a Coast Guard station in Grand Marais; information on the progress of St. Lawrence Seaway proposals; the establishment of the Superior National Forest; individual immigration cases; and petitions to repeal wartime liquor prohibition laws (1919). Legislative files of major significance include civil service appointments relating to federal employment in the district; military pensions for Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I veterans; and postmaster appointments and the construction of new post office buildings. There are also political files relating especially to the 1918, 1924, and 1928 campaigns and some personal office files. An inventory is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Duluth Federated Trades and Labor Assembly Organization Records, 1892-1942, 6.5 cubic feet. Correspondents include William L. Carss. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Patrick Henry Rahilly Papers, 1874-1930, 3.75 cubic feet. Other authors include William L. Carss. An inventory is available in the repository.
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