GILLETTE, Guy Mark (1879-1973)

GILLETTE, GUY MARK, a Representative and a Senator from Iowa; born in Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa, February 3, 1879; attended the public schools; graduated from the law department of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1900; admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Cherokee; during the Spanish-American War served as a sergeant in the Fifty-second Iowa Regiment, United States Army 1898; engaged in agricultural pursuits; city attorney of Cherokee 1906-1907; prosecuting attorney of Cherokee County 1907-1909; member, State senate 1912-1916; during the First World War served as a captain in the United States Army 1917-1919; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress; reelected to the Seventy-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1933, until his resignation on November 3, 1936, having been elected to the United States Senate; elected on November 3, 1936, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard Louis Murphy during the term ending January 3, 1939; reelected in 1938 and served from November 4, 1936, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944; chairman of the Surplus Property Board 1945; president of the American League for a Free Palestine 1945-1948; again elected to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1955; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954; counsel with the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee 1955-1956; counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee 1956-1961; retired and resided in Cherokee, Iowa, until his death there March 3, 1973; interment in Oak Knoll Cemetery.

Many papers in family custody.



Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In National Federation of Grain Cooperatives records, 1946-1976.

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: Correspondence in National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association records, 1927-1945. Finding aid. Also miscellaneous items in various collections.

State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1 folder of clippings and photographs.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in John W. Carey papers, 1899-1943; John Carlisle Pryor papers, 1920-1976; Orville Francis Grahame papers, 1931-1971; Raymond Willard Baxter papers, 1956; Edward Joseph Breen papers, 1936-1973; Iowa Nurse's Association records, 1904-1972; Donald Mitchell papers, 1942-1968; Thomas John Bright Robinson papers, 1905-1957; and numerous items in various collections.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Palestine Statehood committee papers, 1933-1972 (bulk 1939-1949).

  • Gillette, Guy M. "The Senate in Foreign Relations.'' Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 289 (September 1953): 49-57.
  • Goering, Jo Ann. "A Rhetorical Analysis of Senator Guy Gillette's Speeches on Treaty Ratification in the First Session of the Seventy-Eighth Congress.'' Master's thesis, University of Iowa, 1956.
  • Harrington, Jerry. "Senator Guy Gillette Foils the Execution Committee.'' Palimpsest 62 (November/December 1981): 170-80.
  • Stelck, W. Ardell. "Sgt. Guy Gillette and Cherokee's `Gallant Co. M' in the Spanish American War.'' Annals of Iowa 40 (Spring 1971): 561-76.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes in the Congress of the United States on the Life and Contributions of Guy M. Gillette. 93d Cong., 1st sess., 1973. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1973.