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Richard M. Kleberg

Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Sr.
U.S. Representative, Texas's 14th congressional district
In office
November 24, 1931 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by Harry M. Wurzbach
Succeeded by John E. Lyle, Jr.
Texas State Game and Fish Commission
In office
Personal details
Born (1887-11-18)November 18, 1887
near Kingsville, Kleberg County, Tex.
Died May 8, 1955(1955-05-08) (aged 67)
Hot Springs, Ark.
Resting place Chamberlain Burial Park, Kingsville, Tex.
Political party Democratic
  • Alice Gertrudis King and Robert Justus Kleberg, parents
  • Rep. Robert C. Eckhardt, 2nd cousin
Residence Corpus Christi, Texas
Alma mater
Occupation Rancher
Profession Lawyer (admitted to the bar 1909)
Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Sr.

(November 18, 1887 – May 8, 1955), a Democrat, was a seven-term member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 14th congressional district over the period 1931–1945 and an heir to the King Ranch in South Texas. He was first elected in 1931 in a special election called due to the death of Harry M. Wurzbach.[4] His election caused the Democratic party to achieve an absolute majority in the House of Representatives --- a majority it retained for all but four of the next sixty-three years. He was elected unopposed in 1940 and 1942. Lyndon B. Johnson served as a congressional secretary under Kleberg from 1931 until his appointment as head of the Texas National Youth Administration in 1935.[5][6]

He was a member of the Miller group in Washington.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "KLEBERG, Richard Mifflin, Sr., (1887 - 1955)". Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  2. ^ Colley, Betty Bailey; Jane Clements Monday (2001). Tales of the Wild Horse Desert (1st ed.).  
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  6. ^ "'"A Texas Boy 'Born Into Politics. The New York Times on the Web. January 23, 1973. Retrieved 2013-02-04. While still teaching in Houston, Mr. Johnson went to work as a volunteer in the 1931 congressional campaign of Richard M. Kleberg Sr., one of the owners of the mammoth King Ranch and a friend of his father. Mr. Kleberg won the special election for a House seat. The tall, gangling Mr. Johnson, then 22, went to Washington with him as his legislative assistant. Lyndon Johnson hit Capitol Hill in those Depression days like a Texas tornado. He called persistently Federal bureaus, seeking drought relief, unemployment relief, civil service jobs, anything that was available for the folks back home. 
  7. ^ Caro (1982). p. 271. 
  • "Richard M. Kleberg Sr. Dies; Co-owner of Vast King Ranch; Chairman of Texas Cattle Empire Was 67; Served in Congress for 12 Years" (fee). New York Times. May 9, 1955. Retrieved 2013-02-05.  (subscription required)

External links

  • Richard M. Kleberg at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013-02-04
  • "Richard M. Kleberg".  
  • "Richard Kleberg Sr., former Representative from Texas's 14th District -". Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  • The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Kittredge to Kleier at
  • Richard Mifflin Kleberg from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Richard M. Kleberg at Find a Grave
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harry M. Wurzbach
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
John E. Lyle, Jr.
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