Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
MURDOCK, Victor (1871-1945)

MURDOCK, VICTOR, a Representative from Kansas; born in Burlingame, Osage County, Kans. March 18, 1871; moved with his parents to Wichita in 1872; attended the common schools and Lewis Academy at Wichita; served as a reporter on the Wichita Eagle; moved to Chicago in 1891 and was employed as a newspaper reporter on the Chicago Inter-Ocean; returned to Wichita; managing editor of the Daily Eagle 1894-1903; clerk of the central division, southern department, Kansas Appellate Court 1895-1897; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chester I. Long; reelected to the Fifty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from May 26, 1903, to March 3, 1915; was not a candidate for renomination in 1914 but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; chairman of the National Committee of the Progressive Party in 1915 and 1916; war correspondent in 1916; member of the Federal Trade Commission from September 4, 1917, to January 31, 1924, when he resigned; chairman of the Commission in 1919, 1920, 1922, and 1923; editor of the Wichita Eagle until his death in Wichita, Kans., July 8, 1945; interment in Old Mission Mausoleum.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1866-1967. 127 containers.
Correspondence, diary, subject file on U.S. Federal Trade Commission, printed material, papers documenting his political career, and family papers. Register.

  • Murdock, Victor. China:The Mysterious and Marvelous. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1920.
  • ------. Constantinople:The Challenge of the Centuries. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1926.
  • ------. Constantinople, The Fantastically Delicate and Dirty. [Wichita, Kans.: The Wichita Eagle, 1926].
  • ------. "Folks." New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921.
  • ------. "It May Chance of Wheat": A Grain of Wheat Paces Civilization. Foreword by Alf M. Landon. Kansas City, Mo.: The Lowell Press, 1965.
  • ------. Letters by Victor Murdock to the folks at home. [Wichita, Kans.: The Eagle Press, 1918].
  • ------. The Money Trust ... Speech of Victor Murdock of Kansas in the House of Representatives, September 10, 1913. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913.