VELDE, Harold Himmel

VELDE, Harold Himmel
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


VELDE, Harold Himmel, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near Parkland, Tazewell County, Ill., April 1, 1910; attended rural grade and high schools; student at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., 1927-1929; was graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1931 and from the University of Illinois Law School at Champaign in 1937; athletic coach and teacher of Hillsdale (Ill.) Community High School 1931-1935; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced the practice of law in Pekin, Ill.; served as a private in the Signal Corps of the United States Army in 1942 and 1943; special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in sabotage and counter-espionage division 1943-1946; elected county judge of Tazewell County in 1946 and served until 1949; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1957); chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eighty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1956; engaged in the practice of law in Urbana, Ill., and Washington, D.C., until May 5, 1969; became regional counsel, General Services Administration, Lansing, Ill., in 1969; was a resident of Sun City, Ariz., from 1974 until his death there September 1, 1985; cremated; ashes interred, Pekin, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

The Dirksen Congressional Center

Pekin, IL
Papers: 1901-1965, 10.5 linear feet. The papers of Harold Himmel Velde include personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the John S. Daschbach Papers, 1936-1957, 3.78 cubic feet. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.
Papers: In the G. Bromley Oxnam Papers, 1823-1963, approximately 16,000 items. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Roy Wier Papers, 1920-1969, 4 cubic feet. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

Princeton University Library
Mudd Manuscript Library

Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the David Lawrence Papers, ca. 1901-1975, 163 cubic feet. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the George Sokolsky Papers, 1916-1962, 390 boxes. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954, 31 linear feet. Persons represented include Harold H. Velde.
Papers: In the Marvin Lemmon Niehuss Papers, 1923-1972, 28.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Gunnar Back Papers, 1931-1965, 1 cubic foot. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Charles Parsons Papers, 1880-1965, 23 linear feet. Correspondents include Harold H. Velde.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Goodman, Walter. The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1968.

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