Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


FINDLEY, Paul, a Representative from Illinois; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., June 23, 1921; attended the public schools of Jacksonville, Ill.; B.A., Illinois College at Jacksonville, 1943; served in the United States Navy in the Pacific as a lieutenant (jg.) from 1943 to 1946; president of the Pike Press, Inc., Pittsfield, Ill.; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for State senator in 1952; member, United States delegation, North Atlantic Assembly, 1965-1970; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1983); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982; appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, 1983-1994; died on August 9, 2019, in Jacksonville, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1960-1982, 596 cubic feet. The collection of Paul Findley includes congressional papers and correspondence, containing photographs, motion picture film, video tape, and sound recordings. A finding aid is available for portions of the collection. Restricted.

Illinois College
Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives

Jacksonville, IL
Papers: ca. 1935-2010, ca. 60 boxes The Papers of Congressman Findley include congressional materials, personal and professional correspondence, photographs, multimedia, and scrapbooks.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: 1974-1985, 13 boxes. The papers of Paul Findley include writings, notes, interview transcripts, correspondence, printed matter, and sound recordings, relating to relations between Israel and the United States, American foreign policy in the Middle East, and lobbying activities on behalf of Israel in the United States. The collection also contains research material gathered for use in his publication entitled They Dare to Speak Out. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassette and videoreels: 1980-1982, 1 commercial on 1 videocassette and 11 commercials on 3 videoreels. The commercials were used during Paul Findley's campaigns for the 1980 and 1982 U.S. congressional elections in District 20 of Illinois, Republican Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Findley, Paul. A. Lincoln: The Crucible of Congress. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1979.

___. Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts about the U.S.-Israeli Relationship. New York: Lawrence Hill Books, 1993.

___. The Federal Farm Fable. New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House, 1968.

___. They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby. Westport, Conn.: Lawrence Hill, 1985.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Paul Findley, Republican Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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