BONNER, Herbert Covington

BONNER, Herbert Covington
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BONNER, Herbert Covington, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Washington, Beaufort County, N.C., May 16, 1891; graduated from Graham School, Warrenton, N.C.; United States Army during World War I; salesman; farmer; secretary to United States Representative Lindsay C. Warren, 1924-1940; elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Lindsay C. Warren; reelected to the Seventy-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (November 5, 1940-November 7, 1965); chair, Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives in Congress (Seventy-ninth Congress); chair, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-ninth Congresses); died on November 7, 1965, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Washington, N.C.

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

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External Research Collections

East Carolina University
Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library

Greenville, NC
Papers: In the Walter L. Daniels papers, 1803-1957, 144 items. The collection includes correspondence concerning the re-election of Herbert C. Bonner.
Papers: In the J. Con Lanier papers, 1927-1960, 75 items. The collection includes campaign speeches supporting the candidacy of Herbert C. Bonner for Congress.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1940-1965, 76.5 linear feet. The papers consist of Herbert Covington Bonner's office files, dating from November 1940, when he succeeded Lindsay C. Warren as Representative from the First North Carolina District, which included, at one time or another, 14 counties of the northeastern corner of the state. In addition to the main chronological series, there are subject- and format-based series. The Rivers and Harbors series, 1940-1965, concerns federally-funded projects, such as channel and harbor improvements, erosion problems, dredging, etc., and the operation of the Dismal Swamp Canal. The Hoover Commission series, January-October 1950, concerns the proposed reorganization of the government that came out of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government. The Bombing Ranges series, 1959-1965, concerns objections to having a weapons range or ranges in northeastern North Carolina. The Political series, 1959-1965, concerns the mechanics of Democratic Party organization and election campaigns. The Community Public Works Programs series, 1962-1965, concerns local public works projects that received federal funds. The National Seashore Park series, 1937-1965, concerns the establishment of a national park that spanned Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke islands, N.C. Also included are private bills, with related papers attached; scrapbooks, 1940-1965; speeches, 1940-1964; photographs, and photocopies of presidential memorabilia, some relating to the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Hassell family papers, 1924-1964, 1 linear foot. Persons represented include Herbert C. Bonner.
Papers: In the Ben Dixon MacNeill papers, 1937-1960, 1.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Herbert C. Bonner.
Photographs: In the Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (Series 2), approximately 50,500 items. Persons represented include Herbert C. Bonner.
Papers: In Lindsay Carter Warren papers, 1905-1971, 47 cubic feet. The material added to the papers in 1965 resulted from a transfer of material from the papers of Herbert C. Bonner, Warren's former secretary and his successor as congressman. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 89th Cong., 1st sess., 1965. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Herbert C. Bonner, late a Representative from North Carolina. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966.

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