TEAGUE, Olin Earl

TEAGUE, Olin Earl
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1910–1981

Biography

TEAGUE, Olin Earl, a Representative from Texas; born in Woodward, Woodward County, Okla., April 6, 1910; attended elementary and high school in Mena, Ark.; B.A., Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College at College Station, 1932; employed in the post office at College Station, Tex., 1932-1940; member of the Arkansas National Guard, 1927-1930; Officers' Reserve Corps, 1936-1940; commissioned as a first lieutenant, United States Army (October 5, 1940-November 4, 1946); commanded the First Battalion, Three Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry, Seventy-ninth Division; awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Silver Star First Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart First Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant, Bronze Star Medal Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman Badge; also awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars, American Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Emblem, American Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Croix de Guerre with Palm and French Fourragere; was discharged as a colonel at Walter Reed General Hospital November 4, 1946; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress, by special election, August 24, 1946, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Luther A. Johnson; reelected to the sixteen succeeding Congresses until his resignation December 31, 1978 (August 24, 1946-December 31, 1978); chairman, Select Committee on Education, Training, and Loan Programs of World War II Veterans (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Eighty-fourth through Ninety-second Congresses), Committee on Science and Astronautics (Ninety-third Congress), Committee on Science and Technology (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; resided in Washington, D.C., until his death in Bethesda, Md., January 23, 1981; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1977, 15 pages. An interview of Congressman Olin Teague conducted by Bill Hartigan on March 15, 1977. This interview focuses on Teague’s relationship with John F. Kennedy (JFK), JFK’s congressional career, and Teague’s contributions to JFK’s presidential campaign, among other issues.

Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives

College Station, TX
Papers: 1949-1978, 231 cubic feet. The Olin E. Teague Congressional Collection contains various documents produced or collected by the office of Olin E. Teague during his tenure as a U.S. Representative from Texas. The majority of the collection is made up of correspondence and subject files. These subject files provide unique insight into Teague’s political focuses and projects, while in congress. Special interest is paid to Texas A&M University in both series and subject files. Additional material includes film and audio cassettes. Personal content from Teague includes documents, correspondence, and photographs. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Olin E. Teague, Democratic Representative from Texas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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