Pepper, Claude, 1900-1989

Alternative names
Birth 1900-09-08
Death 1989-05-30

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Senator, Congressman.

From the description of Reminiscences of Claude Denson Pepper : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122684146

Claude Pepper, 1900-1989, was a Democratic senator from Florida from 1936 to 1951 and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1963 until his death. Arthur J. Goldsmith, 1889-1964, was a New York financier and manufacturer.

From the description of [Claude Pepper letters to Arthur J. Goldsmith]. [1943-1958] (Baylor University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 436275689

Politician, lawyer.

Claude Pepper was born on September 8, 1900, near Dudleyville, Alabama. In 1917 he and his father set up a clothes-pressing business, he taught elementary school and Bible classes, and worked in a steel mill. He attended the University of Alabama, and later graduated from the Law School of Harvard University, becoming an instructor at the University of Arkansas. In 1925 he was admitted to the Florida Bar, and began a law practice in Perry, Florida. In 1929, he was elected a member of the Florida House of Representatives, serving on various committees. In 1930, he moved to Tallahassee. On December 29, 1936, he married Mildred Irene Webster, and was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate. In 1951 he opened law practices in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., and several other offices in the coming years. In 1962, he was elected as a Democrat to the 88th Congress, United States House of Representatives. He was part of various committees, including the House Rules Committee, House Select Committee on Crime, House Select Committee on Aging, and the House Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care. On May 30, 1989, Claude Pepper died in Washington, D.C.

From the description of Claude Pepper collection, 1915-1993. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50668496


Born and educated in Alabama; received law degree at Harvard; taught law at the University of Arkansas, 1924. Began law practice in Perry, Florida, in 1925. Moved to Tallahassee to practice law in 1930. Served in Florida House of Representatives, 1929-1936; U.S. Senate, 1936-1951; U.S. House of Representatives, 1963-1989. Died in 1989.

From the description of Scrapbooks, 1948-1958. (University of Florida). WorldCat record id: 26023547


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