KUCHEL, Thomas Henry (1910-1994)

KUCHEL, THOMAS HENRY, a Senator from California; born in Anaheim, Orange County, Calif., August 15, 1910; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Southern California in 1932 and from the law school of the same university in 1935; admitted to the bar the same year and began practice in Anaheim, Calif.; member, State assembly 1936-1939; member, State senate 1940-1945, and while serving as State senator volunteered and was called to active duty in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade), serving until 1945; State controller 1946-1953; appointed on January 2, 1953, and subsequently elected on November 2, 1954, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Richard M. Nixon; reelected in 1956 and again in 1962 and served from January 2, 1953, to January 3, 1969; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968; Republican whip 1959-1969; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. and California, until his retirement in 1981; resided in Beverly Hills, Calif., until his death on November 21, 1994.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 5 audiotapes (1962-1965) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

California State University, Northridge
Urban Archives
Northridge, CA
Papers: Correspondence in League of Women Voters of LA Records, 1920-1980.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: May 15, 1980. 22 pages. Closed.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In J. Arthur Younger papers, 1951-1968; and Francis V. Keesling papers, 1906-1957.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Ca. 1955-1968. Ca. 400 cartons. Correspondence, speeches, press releases, memoranda, briefing papers, films, photographs and memorabilia. Also letters in several other collections.
Oral History: 1969, 1971, and 1972. 55 pages. 3 interviews, pertaining to his years as state comptroller. Part of the Earl Warren project.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Wilber M. Brucker papers, 1877-1968. Finding aid.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: A 201-page photocopy of Horn's notes taken during meetings of a bipartisan Senate group working for final passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the Staphen Horn collection, 1963-1964. Horn was Kuchel's legislative assistant at the time.

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

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Dewey Anderson papers, 1939-1975.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Congress of Racial Equality records, 1959-1976; and Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970.

  • Kuchel, Thomas H. "The Role of the Senate Minority.'' In The Senate Institution, edited by Nathaniel S. Preston, pp. 75-82. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969.