BREEDING, James Floyd (1901-1977)

BREEDING, JAMES FLOYD, a Representative from Kansas; born near Robinson, Brown County, Kans., September 28, 1901; educated in grade schools, Moonlight, Dickinson County, Kans., and Berryton High School in Shawnee County, Kans.; attended Kansas State College at Manhattan in 1921 and 1922; moved to Rolla, Kans., in 1928; farmer-stockman near Rolla, Morton County, 1928-1956; member of State house of representatives 1947-1949, serving as minority leader in 1949 session; Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kansas in 1950; president of Western Kansas Development Association in 1951; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1960 and 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1963); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; appointed by President Kennedy as assistant to Secretary of Agriculture, Grain and Feed Division, 1963-1966; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1966; died in Dodge City, Kans., October 17, 1977; interment in Rolla Cemetery, Rolla, Kans.

Wichita State University Libraries
Department of Special Collections
Wichita, KS
Papers: 1957-1966, 33.6 linear feet.
The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, newsclippings, visual and audio materials. Subjects documenting this collection include James Breeding's campaigns, his service as a consultant for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his foreign tours while affiliated with the Department of Agriculture. The collection offers valuable insights into the agricultural conditions of developing countries during the 1950s and 1960s and the Democratic political climate in Kansas during this same time period. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws, and laws pertaining to libel. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.