Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979

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A native of Algiers, Pike Co., Ind., Capehart engaged in farming, business, and manufacturing, and served three terms in the U.S. Senate. After retiring from politics, he returned to farming and manufacturing, and resided in Indianapolis, Ind. until his death.

From the description of Autograph. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 36506698

Homer E. Capehart was born 6 June 1897 in Jefferson Township, Pike County, Indiana. He enlisted in the army in April 1917 and was discharged in 1919. He married Viola Mueller, a Wisconsin teacher in Green Bay on 19 January 1922. The couple had three children; Homer Earl, Jr., Patricia Louise, and Thomas. Capehart held a variety of jobs in business, farming and manufacturing during the 1920s and 30s and the family moved frequently during that time. He became interested in politics in the late 1930s, was elected to the United States Senate in 1944, and served three terms until 1962 when he lost the election to Birch Bayh. After his retirement from politics he moved to Indianapolis and returned to business and farming. He died on 3 September 1979, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

From the description of Papers, 1938-1962. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 56814270

Homer Earl Capehart was a businessman and senator from Indiana.

Indiana businessman Capehart helped organize the Cornfield Conference for 10,000 Republicans in 1938 and began to speak at rallies. He was selected as the party chairman in 1940. Four years later, Capehart won a Senate seat against the incumbant governor, Harry Shricker. Capehart allied himself with the moderate wing of the party led by President Dwight Eisenhower, but was critical about how Eisenhower conducted foreign affairs. He remained a senator for eighteen years until he was defeated in the 1962 campaign by Birch Bayh. Capehart then moved to Indianapolis to return to business affairs and farming. He died on September 3, 1979.

From the description of Oral history interviews of the Biography: Homer E. Capehart Oral History Project, 1969-1973. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 50500071

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referencedIn Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954, 1934-1952 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bryan, William Lowe, 1860-1955. William Lowe Bryan papers, 1830-1956. Indiana University
referencedIn Huntley, Chet, 1911-1974. Papers, 1957-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979,. Oral history interviews of the Biography: Homer E. Capehart Oral History Project, 1969-1973. Indiana University
referencedIn Stellanova Osborn papers, 1907-1988 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Durr family. Papers, 1868-1968. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Owen J. Cleary Papers, 1944-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur H. Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974, 1915-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn William E. Jenner and Indiana Politics, 1971-1974 Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memoryhttp://www.indiana.edu/~cshm
creatorOf Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979. Autograph. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1992. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Deam, Charles Clemon, 1865-1953. [Papers], 1896-1952. Indiana State Library - ISL
creatorOf Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979. Homer E. Capehart : commercials, 1962. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Edward L. Bernays Papers, 1777-1994, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Cleary, Owen J., 1900-1960. Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Henry C. Wahl Correspondence, 1948-1970 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995. Edward L. Bernays papers, 1777-1994 (bulk 1920-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Parsons, Charles, 1889-. Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979. Papers, 1938-1962. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn History of Indiana University, 1968-1981 Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memoryhttp://www.indiana.edu/~cshm
referencedIn Tudor, David F.,. Oral history interviews of the William E. Jenner and Indiana Politics Oral History Project, 1971-1974. Indiana University
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Biography: John Hurt, 1985-1986 Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memoryhttp://www.indiana.edu/~cshm
creatorOf Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. Stellanova Osborn papers, 1916-1992. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Parsons, Charles, 1889-. Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn U.S. History mss., 1612-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, papers 92-172, 92-257, 92-389, 92-415, 94-017, 96-066, 96-177, 97-347, 98-130, 2008-225, 2009-008. 29749116., 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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correspondedWith Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995. person
associatedWith Billings, Claude, 1904-1985 person
associatedWith Bobbitt, Arch N., 1895- person
associatedWith Bricker, John W. (John William), 1893-1986 person
correspondedWith Bryan, William Lowe, 1860-1955. person
associatedWith Capehart Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Capehart family. family
associatedWith Capehart, H. Earl (Homer Earl), 1922- person
associatedWith Capehart, Viola Mueller. person
associatedWith Cleary, Owen J., 1900-1960. person
associatedWith Conrad, Larry Allyn, 1935-1990 person
associatedWith Deam, Charles Clemon, 1865-1953. person
associatedWith Douglas, Paul Howard, 1892- person
associatedWith Durr family. family
associatedWith Gates, Ralph F. (Ralph Fesler), 1893-1978 person
associatedWith Huntley, Chet, 1911-1974. person
associatedWith Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory. corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith J.I. Case Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Moody, Blair, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. person
associatedWith Packard Manufacturing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, Charles, 1889- person
associatedWith Pickett, William B. (William Beatty), 1940- person
associatedWith Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 person
associatedWith Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925- person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Tucker, James M. (James Mitchell), 1908- person
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Oklahoma. Political Commercial Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
correspondedWith Wahl, Henry C. person
associatedWith Wurlitzer Company corporateBody
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Birth 1897-06-06

Death 1979-09-03

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