WHERRY, Kenneth Spicer (1892-1951)

WHERRY, KENNETH SPICER, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Liberty, Gage County, Nebr., February 28, 1892; attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1914; attended Harvard University in 1915 and 1916; during the First World War served in the United States Navy Flying Corps in 1917 and 1918; engaged in the sale of automobiles, furniture, and in livestock farming; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Pawnee City, Nebr.; member of the Pawnee City council in 1927 and 1929; mayor of Pawnee City 1929-1931, 1938-1943; member, State senate 1929-1932; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1932; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for United States Senator in 1934; western director for the Republican National Committee 1941-1942; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1942; reelected in 1948 and served from January 3, 1943, until his death; Republican whip 1944-1949; minority leader 1949-1951; chairman, Special Committee on Problems of Small Business (Eightieth Congress); died in Washington, D.C., November 29, 1951; interment in Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Nebr.

Nebraska State Historical Society
Lincoln, NE
Papers: 1943-1951. 31 feet. Congressional files, speeches, press releases, photographs, and miscellaneous. Correspondence relates chiefly to national housing, price controls, reciprocal trade, veterans' issues, small business administration, and other legislative matters. Finding aid. Also correspondence in various collections.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Authur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974. Finding aid.

  • Baxter, Randolph W. "'Homo-Hunting' in the Early Cold War: Senator Kenneth Wherry and the Homophobic Side of McCarthyism." Nebraska History 84 (Fall 2003): 118-32.
  • Dalstrom, Harl Adams. "Kenneth S. Wherry.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1965.
  • ___. " `Remote Bigness' as a Theme in Nebraska Politics: the Case of Kenneth S. Wherry.'' North Dakota Quarterly 38 (Summer 1970): 23-32.
  • Paul, Justis F. "Butler, Griswold, Wherry: The Struggle For Dominance of Nebraska Republicanism, 1941-1946.'' North Dakota Quarterly 43 (Autumn 1975): 51-61.
  • Stromer, Marvin E. The Making of a Political Leader: Kenneth S. Wherry and the United States Senate. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Kenneth Spicer Wherry, Late a Senator from Nebraska. 82d Cong., 2d sess., 1952. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1952.