LAMBERTSON, William Purnell

LAMBERTSON, William Purnell
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1880–1957

Biography

LAMBERTSON, William Purnell, a Representative from Kansas; born in Fairview, Brown County, Kans., March 23, 1880; attended the public schools, Ottawa (Kans.) University, and the law school of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1909-1911 and 1919-1921, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1911 and as speaker in 1919; served in the State senate 1913-1915; chairman of Kansas State Efficiency and Economy Commission in 1917; member of Kansas State Board of Administration 1923-1925; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor in 1922 and for Congress in 1924 and 1926; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1929-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; returned to his farm near Fairview, Kans.; was defeated for the Republican nomination to Congress in 1946; mayor of Fairview from April 1949 until he resigned in December 1952; chairman, Board of County Commissioners of Brown County, Kans., 1953-1956; died in Fairview, Kans., October 26, 1957; interment in Sabetha Cemetery, Sabetha, Kans.

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: 1930-1950, 3 inches (413 items). Collection contains microfilm of his newspaper column, "The Cloak Room," and weekly letter regarding national politics and state issues. Originals privately owned.

University of Indiana
Lilly Library

Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the papers of Louis Leon Ludlow, 1898-1948, 8,355 items. Correspondents include William Lambertson.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Lyle H. Boren collection, 1885-1949, 47.83 cubic feet. Collection includes correspondence with Lambertson regarding gasoline rationing legislation.
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