KILGORE, Joe Madison

1918–1999

Biography

KILGORE, Joe Madison, a Representative from Texas; born in Brown County, near Brownwood, Tex., December 10, 1918; attended the public schools of Rising Star, Tex.; moved with his family to Mission, Hidalgo County, Tex., in 1929; attended the public schools; attended Westmoreland College (now Trinity University), San Antonio, Tex., in 1935 and 1936; interrupted law schooling at the University of Texas in July 1941 to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps and served as a combat pilot in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations; separated from the service as a lieutenant colonel in 1945; awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters; returned to the University of Texas Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1946 and commenced the practice of law in Edinburg, Tex.; member of the State house of representatives, 1947-1954; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, and 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Austin, Tex., until his death there on February 10, 1999; interment in the Texas State Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Texas at Austin
Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: ca. 1952-1969, 48 feet. The papers of Joe Madison Kilgore include correspondence, sound recordings, motion picture film reels, and photographs documenting his political career in the Texas State House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives. A major component of the collection consists of congressional files, primarily composed of correspondence, relating to national politics, current affairs, and Texas politics. The constituency files demonstrate the relationship between Kilgore and his district and describe his contact with individuals, concerning political and government issues. Additionally, the photographs depict many notable national political figures. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the papers of George Christian, 1963-2002, 52 feet. Persons represented include Joe Madison Kilgore.
Papers: In the papers of Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., Part 4, 1930-1994, 189 cubic feet. Persons represented include Joe Madison Kilgore.
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