Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
STAEBLER, Neil Oliver (1905-2000)

STAEBLER, NEIL OLIVER, a Representative from Michigan; born in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., July 11, 1905; graduated from Ann Arbor High School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1922; B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1926; staff, United States Office of Price Administration, 1942-1943; United States Navy, 1943-1945; chairman, Michigan state Democratic central committee, 1950-1961; member of Democratic National Committee, 1961-1964 and 1965-1968; visiting professor, University of Massachusetts, 1962; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth Congress (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for reelection to the Eighty-ninth Congress, but was an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1964; member of the Federal Election Commission, April 1975 to October 1978; died on December 8, 2000, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1964, 10 pages.
In the interview, Neil Staebler discusses his role as a member of the Democratic National Committee (1961-1975), and his chairmanship of the President's Commission on Campaign Costs.


University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1944-1992, approximately 322 linear feet and 2 volumes.
The collection consists of chronological, congressional and topical files relating to political and personal activities of Neil Staebler. The collection also includes political files detailing state election campaigns, particularly the campaigns of G. Mennen Williams and John B. Swainson; also photographs and a transcript of an oral interview from 1979.

  • Staebler, Neil. Out of the Smoke-Filled Room: A Story of Michigan Politics. Ann Arbor, MI: George Wahr Publishing Company, 1991.
  • Weideman, Christine. Neil Staebler: His Career and Legacy. Ann Arbor: Michigan Historical Collections, 1987.