CHELF, Frank Leslie

CHELF, Frank Leslie
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1907–1982

Biography

CHELF, Frank Leslie, a Representative from Kentucky; born on a farm near Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ky., September 22, 1907; attended the public schools, Centre College at Danville, Ky., and St. Mary's (Ky.) College; was graduated from the law school of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1931; was admitted to the bar in 1931 and commenced practice in Lebanon, Ky.; attorney of Marion County, Ky., 1933-1944; took leave of absence from his official duties on August 1, 1942, to volunteer in the United States Army; commissioned a first lieutenant in the Air Corps and saw active service; served as chief code designator, Intelligence Division, Air Transport Command, and later as executive officer, Plans and Liaison Division, and as assistant chief of Air Staff Training; discharged on August 10, 1944, due to physical disability, with rank of major in the Air Corps; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1967); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; legislative consultant; resident of Lebanon, Ky., until his death there on September 1, 1982; interment at Ryder Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Western Kentucky University
Manuscripts Section, Kentucky Library

Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1944-1971, 8.6 cubic feet. The correspondence dates from Frank Chelf's years in the House of Representatives and was primarily conducted with notable people of the period. Letters between Chelf and former President Harry S. Truman (ca. 40 items) during and after Truman's presidency are present. Other correspondents are Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Churchill, and Jane Russell. A few letters concern Western Kentucky University. Other materials include audiotapes of Chelf's speeches (35 items; 1956 - 1971), newsclippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and films (3 16 mm) primarily concerning Chelf's political campaigns.
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