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HAMMERSCHMIDT, John Paul, A Representative from Arkansas; born in Harrison, Boone County, Ark., May 4, 1922; graduated from Harrison High School, Harrison, Ark., 1938; attended The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., 1938-1939; attended the University of Arkansas, Fayettville, Ark., 1940-1941; attended Oklahoma State University, &1945-1946; B.S., Canbourne University, London, England, 1993; M.A., Canbourne University, London, England, 1997; United States Army Air Corps, Third Combat Cargo Group in China-Burma-India Theater, 1942-1945; United States Air Force Reserves, 1945-1960; District of Columbia Army Reserves, 1977-1981; president, Hammerschmidt Lumber Co.; president, Construction Products Co.; president, Arkansas Lumber Dealers Association and Southwestern Lumberman's Association; delegate to Republican National Convention, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984; State chairman, Arkansas Republican State Central committee, 1964-1966; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1993); was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; died on April 1, 2015, in Springdale, Ark.; interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Harrison, Ark.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Arkansas Libraries
Special Collections

Fayetteville, AR
Papers: ca. 1940-1992, approximately 1300 linear feet. The Hammerschmidt papers are currently unprocessed and restricted. Access is granted only by permission of the donor.
Papers: In the Arkansas Archives of Public Communication, 1890-1996, 69 linear feet. Material from the political campaigns of nearly 400 politicians including Hammerschmidt.
Papers: In the Neil Compton papers, 1912-1998, 31 linear feet. Correspondents include Hammerschmidt.
Papers: In the Fort Smith National Historic Site records, 1953-1976, 165 items. Includes correspondence to Fort Smith Judge Paul Wolfe and Restoration Committee Chairman R.K. Rodgers from Hammerschmidt.
Papers: In the Rabie Guthrie Rhodes papers, 1914-1987, 9.2 linear feet. Hammerschmidt included among correspondents. Finding aid available in the repository and online.

University of North Carolina
Southern Oral History Program Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Oral History: 1974, 1 cassette. Hammerschmidt discusses his involvement in politics. Transcript available in the repository.

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

Norman, OK
Videocassette: 1988, 1 videocassette. The videocassette includes four commercials used during Hammerschmidt's campaign for the 1988 U.S. congressional election in District 3 of Arkansas, Republican Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: John P. Hammerschmidt, Republican Representative from Arkansas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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