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KERSTEN, Charles Joseph

KERSTEN, Charles Joseph
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


KERSTEN, Charles Joseph, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Chicago, Ill., May 26, 1902; was graduated from Marquette University College of Law, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1925 and was admitted to the bar the same year; commenced the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1928; first assistant district attorney of Milwaukee County 1937-1943; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; elected to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955); chairman, Select Committee on Communist Aggression (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; White House consultant on psychological warfare, 1955-1956; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law until his death October 31, 1972, in Milwaukee, Wis.; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Marquette University
Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Milwaukee, WI
Papers: 1919-1972, ca. 20 cubic feet. Collection contains congressional, business, and personal papers, photographs, motion picture film, and sound recordings. The bulk of collection relates to his congressional service, including chairmanship of Select Committee on Communist Aggression. A finding aid is available online.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the research files of Thomas C. Reeves, 1900-2008, 5.6 cubic feet. Subjects include Charles Kersten. Collection is partially restricted.
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