CAPEHART, Homer Earl (1897-1979)
Senate Years of Service: 1945-1963

CAPEHART, HOMER EARL, a Senator from Indiana; born in Algiers, Pike County, Ind., June 6, 1897; attended the public schools; during the First World War enlisted as a private in the United States Army; promoted to sergeant and served in the Twelfth Infantry 1917-1919; engaged in farming and the radio, phonograph, and television manufacturing business; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1944; reelected in 1950 and 1956 and served from January 3, 1945, to January 3, 1963; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962; chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-third Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-third Congress); engaged in farming, manufacturing, and investment pursuits; retired; resided in Indianapolis, Ind., until his death there September 3, 1979; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Durr family papers, 1868-1968.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Beulah B. Gray papers, 1813-1962.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1944-1963. 168 boxes. Correspondence, legislation, reports, press releases, radio transcripts, speeches, voter surveys, clippings, scrapbooks, voting records, photographs, and other papers, relating to congressional service, and especially to national defense, and to his membership on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Banking and Currency, Foreign Relations, and Interstate and Foreign Commerce committees, and Joint Committee on Defense Production. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Will Harrison Hays papers, 1857-1954 (bulk 1914-1954); Ralph Fesler Gates papers, 1941-1975; John V. Beamer papers, 1918-1964 (bulk 1951-1959); and Edward A. Mitchell papers, 1946-1949.

Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In Francis White papers, 1913-1961.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954; and Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1959. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965; and Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982.

  • Pickett, William B. "The Capehart Cornfield Conference and the Election of 1938: Homer E. Capehart's Entry into Politics.'' Indiana Magazine of History 73 (December 1977): 251-75.
  • ___. "Homer E. Capehart: Phonograph Entrepreneur.'' Indiana Magazine of History 82 (September 1986): 264-76.
  • ___. Homer E. Capehart: A Senator's Life, 1897-1979. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1990.
  • Taylor, John Raymond. "Homer E. Capehart: United States Senator, 1944-1962.'' Ed.D. dissertation, Ball State University, 1977.