LE COMPTE, Karl Miles

LE COMPTE, Karl Miles
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1887–1972

Biography

LE COMPTE, Karl Miles, a Representative from Iowa; born in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa, May 25, 1887; attended the public schools and was graduated from the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1909; became owner and publisher of the Corydon Times-Republican in 1910; during the First World War served as a private in the medical detachment of United States General Hospital No. 26 in 1918; member of the State senate 1917-1921; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1959); chairman, Committee on House Administration (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; returned to newspaper publishing; retired but continued as a contributing editor; died in Centerville, Iowa, September 30, 1972; interment in Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, Iowa.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections

Iowa City, IA
Papers: ca. 1915-1972, 10.5 linear feet. The papers of Karl LeCompte chiefly contain personal and congressional correspondence. Also included is campaign material, scrapbooks, and photographs. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Related Media

Summers in Iowa

Mary Ellen Atkins recalls continuing to work for the district office during summer recess.

Mary Ellen Atkins, Secretary, Representative Karl Le Compte of Iowa
Interview recorded August 24, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)