SCHWENGEL, Frederick Delbert

SCHWENGEL, Frederick Delbert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1906–1993

Biography

SCHWENGEL, Frederick Delbert, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Sheffield, Franklin County, Iowa, May 28, 1906; attended the rural schools in West Fork Township and high schools in Chapin and Sheffield, Iowa; graduated from Northeast Missouri Teachers College at Kirksville, 1930; attended the State University of Iowa graduate school 1933-1935; athletic coach and instructor of history and political science in public schools of Shelbina and Kirksville, Mo., 1930-1937; engaged in the insurance business in Davenport, Iowa, 1937-1954; served in the Missouri National Guard 1929-1936; member of the State house of representatives 1945-1955; member, Iowa Development Commission, 1949-1955; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1973); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; founder and president, Capitol Historical Society, 1962-1993; founder and president, Republican Heritage Foundation; died on April 1, 1993, in Arlington, Va.; interment in Memorial Park, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Iowa Libraries

Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1940-1972, 326 linear feet. The papers of Fred Schwengel document his political career and interests with subject files on such national issues as agriculture, education, school prayer, and the Vietnamese conflict. Iowa related topics include information on cities and counties, Iowa colleges and universities, and businesses. There are copies of his speeches and legislation, along with four boxes of photographs. His life long interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War is also represented. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (March 28, 1961) in the Allan Nevins collection. Finding aid in repository.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the David R. Gergen Papers, 1974-1977, 12.4 linear feet. Persons represented include Fred Schwengel.
Papers: In the John O. Marsh Files, 1974-1977, 29.6 linear feet. Persons represented include Fred Schwengel.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Oral History: 14 pages. Index in library.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: In former Members of Congress interviews.

Northeast Missouri State University
Pickler Memorial Library

Kirksville, MO
Papers: ca. 1950 to present. 3 cubic feet. Relate to the Fred and Ethel Schwengel Lincoln Collection.
Oral History: August 25, 1978. 30 pages. Transcript of former Members of Congress interview; original in Library of Congress.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Oral History: n.d., 1 interview. An interview with Fred Schwengel concerning his involvement with the Herbert Hoover birthplace.
Papers: In the Charls E. Walker Papers, 1946-1997, 37 boxes. Persons represented include Fred Schwengel.
Papers: In the J. Arthur (Jesse Arthur) Younger Papers , 1951-1968, 12.5 linear feet. Persons represented include Fred Schwengel.

Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the Cyril Clemens Papers, 1927-1982, 1.75 linear feet. Correspondents include Fred Schwengel.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Special Collections Library, Alderman Memorial Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Hugh Scott Papers, 1681-1917, approximately 17 linear feet. Correspondents include Frederick Schwengel.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include Fred Schwengel.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Fred Schwengel, Republican Representative from Iowa. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Schwengel, Frederic D. "Information Handing: 'For a Vast Future Also'." In We Propose: A Modern Congress, pp. 303-17. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

___. "Problems of Inadequate Information and Staff Resources in Congress." In Information Support, Program Budgeting and The Congress, pp. 97-108. New York: Spartan Books, 1968.

___. The Republican Party: Its Heritage and History. Foreword by Gerald R. Ford. Washington: Acropolis Books Ltd., 1987.

___. "The United States Capitol Building." Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C., (1963-1965): 49-59.

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