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SPENCE, Brent (1874-1967)

SPENCE, BRENT, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Newport, Campbell County, Ky., December 24, 1874; attended public and private schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1895; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Newport, Ky.; member of the State senate 1904-1908; city solicitor of Newport, Ky., 1916-1924; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1963); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; resided in Fort Thomas, Ky., until his death there on September 18, 1967; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Ky.

University of Kentucky
The Wendell H. Ford Research Center and Public Policy Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: ca. 1930-1962, 81 cubic feet.
The papers of Brent Spence include constituent correspondence, extensive files on service academy appointments, service cases and Veterans' Administration records. There is considerable material on general legislation filed under the name of the committee to which the bills were referred. In addition to papers related to the work of the Committee on Banking and Currency, there are bound copies of hearings, reports and public laws on committee legislation concerned with tobacco, price control, housing, banking and monetary matters. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973, 28 linear feet.
Other authors include Brent Spence. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

  • Hedlund, Richard. "Brent Spence and the Bretton Woods Legislation." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 79 (Winter 1981): 40-56.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Unveiling of a portrait of the Honorable Brent Spence, chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, United States House of Representatives: Proceedings. September 27, 1962. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1962.