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NATCHER, William Huston

NATCHER, William Huston
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


NATCHER, William Huston, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky., September 11, 1909; attended the public schools and received high school education at Ogden Preparatory Department of Ogden College, Bowling Green, Ky.; B.A., Western Kentucky State College, Bowling Green, Ky., 1930 and from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, LL.B., 1933; was admitted to the bar in 1934 and commenced practice of law in Bowling Green, Ky.; Federal conciliation commissioner for the western district of Kentucky in 1936 and 1937; county attorney of Warren County 1938-1950; president of the Young Democratic Clubs of Kentucky 1941-1946; served in the United States Navy 1942-1945; commonwealth attorney for the eighth judicial district of Kentucky 1951-1953; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress, August 1, 1953, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Garrett L. Withers; reelected to the twenty succeeding Congresses and served from August 1, 1953, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., March 29, 1994; chairman, Committee on Appropriations (One Hundred Third Congress); interment in Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky.

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

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External Research Collections

Georgetown University
Special Collections, Lauinger Library

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1972-1985, 4.5 linear feet. The collection documents William Natcher's tenure as a Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Included is correspondence with individuals, such as Governors, White House officials, international officials, and others (1954-1993); invitations, subject files, press releases, and printed matter documenting William Natcher's voting record, as well as excerpts from the Congressional Record, and newspaper clippings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Western Kentucky University
Kentucky Building Department of Library Special Collections

Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1936-1994, 6 linear feet. Collection consists of correspondence between William Natcher and presidents, politicians and constituents. The collection also includes fifty-nine bound journals and sixty-nine scrapbooks documenting William Natcher's congressional career, as well as more than 2,000 photographs, and nearly 300 museum artifacts. Presently, the indexed photographs and scrapbooks are accessible for public use.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Memorial tributes and services: William H. Natcher, late a Representative from Kentucky, One Hundred Third Congress, second session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1996.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William H. Natcher, Democratic Representative from Kentucky. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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