HICKENLOOPER, Bourke Blakemore (1896-1971)
Senate Years of Service: 1945-1969

HICKENLOOPER, BOURKE BLAKEMORE, A Senator from Iowa; born in Blockton, Taylor County, Iowa, July 21, 1896; attended the public schools and Iowa State College at Ames until April 1917, when he enrolled in the officer's training camp at Fort Snelling, Minn.; commissioned a second lieutenant, embarked overseas in August 1918 and served in France as battalion orientation officer; returned to the United States in February 1919 and was honorably discharged; reentered Iowa State College and graduated in 1919; graduated from the College of Law of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1922; admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; member, State house of representatives 1934-1937; lieutenant governor of Iowa 1939-1942 and Governor 1943-1944; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1944 for the term commencing January 3, 1945; reelected in 1950, 1956, and 1962 for the term ending January 3, 1969; was not a candidate for reelection in 1968; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eightieth Congress), chairman, Republican Policy Committee (Eighty-seventh through Ninetieth Congresses); died in Shelter Island, N.Y., September 4, 1971, while visiting; interment in Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1968. 40 leaves; 1 reel. Robert A. Taft Project. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Herbert Hoover Library
West Branch, IA
Papers: Ca.1930s-1968. Ca. 450 feet. Includes pre-gubernatorial, gubernatorial, and Senate papers. Senate papers include files on the Republican Policy Committee. Small amount restricted.

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

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Alden J. Erskine papers, 1923-1977; and Iowa Farmers Union Records, 1921-1974.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: September 19, 1968. 25 pages.

Princeton University
Dulles Oral History Project
Princeton, NJ
Oral History: 1966. 30 pages. Permission required to cite or quote.

Sioux City Public Museum
Sioux City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Thomas Barnett Huff papers, 1907-1968.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In Richard Critchfield papers, 1938-1987.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 3 letters (1953, 1965); and correspondence in Frank T. Nye papers, 1942-1983; James E. Bromwell papers, 1959-1969; Robert D. Blue papers, 1934-1976; Robert K. Beck papers, 1939-1971; L.L. Jurgemeyer papers, 1943-1960; Charles Edwin Strickland papers, 1937-1972; Iowa Nurses' association records, 1904-1972; Paula Watts Brown papers, 1930-1974; Frederick Delbert Schwengel papers, 1940-1972; and John C. Pryor papers, 1920-1976. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; and Wilber M. Brucker papers, 1877-1968. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

  • Hickenlooper, Bourke B. " `Ioway' and Iowa in History.'' Annals of Iowa 31 (October 1952): 405-16.
  • Schapsmeier, Edward L., and Frederick H. Schapsmeier. "A Strong Voice for Keeping America Strong: A Profile of Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper.'' Annals of Iowa 47 (Spring 1984): 362-76.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes in the Congress of the United States on the Life and Contributions of Bourke B. Hickenlooper. 92d Cong., 2d sess., 1972. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1972.