WILLIS, Raymond Eugene (1875-1956)

WILLIS, RAYMOND EUGENE, a Senator from Indiana; born in Waterloo, De Kalb County, Ind., August 11, 1875; attended the public schools and graduated from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1896; learned the printer's trade in Waterloo, Ind.; moved to Angola, Ind., and engaged in the newspaper publishing business in 1898; postmaster of Angola 1910-1914; during the First World War served as chairman of Steuben County Council of Defense 1917-1918; member, State house of representatives 1919-1921; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1938; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1940, and served from January 3, 1941, to January 3, 1947; was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed the publishing business as president of the Steuben Printing Co.; trustee of Tri-State College at Angola; died in Angola, Ind., March 21, 1956; interment in Circle Hill Cemetery.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1936-1950 (bulk 1938-1947). 3 boxes. Political and campaign correspondence; correspondence regarding Cannelton Flood control project, U.S. relations with Yugoslavia, and other issues; voting records (1941-1944); service academy appointments; scrapbook of clippings (1938-1940) about Sherman Minton, his Democratic oppponent in 1940 election; and photographs. Finding aid.

Indiana University
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: Correspondence in William Albert Alexander papers, 1916-1943. Finding aid.