LAMBERTSON, William Purnell, (1880 - 1957)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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LAMBERTSON, William Purnell, a Representative from Kansas; born in Fairview, Brown County, Kans., March 23, 1880; attended the public schools, Ottawa (Kans.) University, and the law school of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1909-1911 and 1919-1921, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1911 and as speaker in 1919; served in the State senate 1913-1915; chairman of Kansas State Efficiency and Economy Commission in 1917; member of Kansas State Board of Administration 1923-1925; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor in 1922 and for Congress in 1924 and 1926; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1929-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; returned to his farm near Fairview, Kans.; was defeated for the Republican nomination to Congress in 1946; mayor of Fairview from April 1949 until he resigned in December 1952; chairman, Board of County Commissioners of Brown County, Kans., 1953-1956; died in Fairview, Kans., October 26, 1957; interment in Sabetha Cemetery, Sabetha, Kans.