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ARMSTRONG, Orland Kay, a Representative from Missouri; born in Willow Springs, Howell County, Mo., October 2, 1893; Drury College, Springfield, Mo., A.B., 1916; Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., LL.B., 1922; University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia, bachelor of journalism, M.A. in journalism, 1925; was admitted to the bar in 1922, but did not practice; teacher of English and public speaking at Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Mo., in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War served from private to lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps 1917-1919; Y.M.C.A. welfare representative in France in 1919 and 1920; established department of journalism at University of Florida at Gainesville in 1925 and served as director 1925-1928; author, magazine writer, and newspaper correspondent; secretary of Missouri Century of Progress Commission 1930, 1932; delegate to Republican State conventions, 1932-1945, 1950, 1952, and 1966; delegate to Republican National Conventions in 1944 and 1952; member of the State house of representatives 1932-1936 and 1942-1944; member of editorial staff of Reader's Digest from 1944 until his death; member of the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in 1947 and 1948; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second Congress (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; was a resident of Springfield, Mo., until his death there April 15, 1987; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Joint Collection University of Missouri Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia and State Historical Society of Missouri Manuscripts

Columbia, MO
Papers: ca. 1930-1980, 194.75 linear feet. The papers include correspondence, political and research files, and manuscripts documenting Orland Armstrong's work as a Missouri writer and politician, a member of the editorial staff of Reader's Digest, and the author of works on the Baptist Church, military history, slavery, religion, and communism. Orland Armstrong's tenure as a member of the Missouri Legislature and of the U.S. House of Representatives is also represented in the papers. The collection is currently restricted to researchers.

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

Nashville, TN
Papers: In the Marjorie Moore Armstrong Collection, 1932-1989, 20 linear feet. Persons represented include O.K. Armstrong.
Papers: In the Ernest Eugene Lee Papers, 1908-1955, 3.5 linear feet. Correspondents include O.K. Armstrong.
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