Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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KITCHIN, Claude, (son of William Hodges Kitchin, brother of William Walton Kitchin, and uncle of A. Paul Kitchin), a Representative from North Carolina; born near Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., March 24, 1869; attended the common schools and was graduated from Wake Forest College, North Carolina, in 1888; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1890 and practiced in Scotland Neck; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses); majority leader (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses), minority leader (Sixty-seventh Congress); died in Wilson, N.C., May 31, 1923; interment in the Baptist Cemetery, Scotland Neck, N.C.

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

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External Research Collections

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1879-1923, 25.5 feet (30,000 items). Collection is congressional papers, including files while chairman of Ways and Means Committee and majority leader of the House of Representatives. A finding aid is available online. Also available on NHPRC microfilm.
Papers: In the papers of Charles L. Coon, 1775-1931, 6.5 linear feet (4,300 items). Correspondents include Claude Kitchin.
Papers: In the papers of Angus Wilton McLean, 1910-1933, 12 volumes (1 linear foot). Correspondents include Claude Kitchin.

Duke University

Durham, NC
Papers: In the papers of Robert Newton Page, 1892-1930, 2,764 items. Correspondents include Claude Kitchin.
Papers: In the papers of John Armstrong Chaloner, 1862-1935, 6,473 items. Correspondents include Claude Kitchin.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 42 reels of microfilm. Collection is copies of originals in the University of North Carolina.
Papers: In the papers of William Jennings Bryan, 1877-1940, 24.8 linear feet (18,000 feet). Correspondents include Claude Kitchin.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Arnett, Alex M. Claude Kitchin and the Wilson War Policies. Boston: Little, Brown, 1937.

Ingle, Homer L. "Pilgrimage to Reform: A Life of Claude Kitchin." Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin, 1967.

Kitchin, Claude. The nation's preparedness. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1916].

United States. 68th Congress, 2d sess., 1924-1925. House. Claude Kitchin. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1925.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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