Library of Congress
DICKINSON, Lester Jesse (1873-1968)

DICKINSON, LESTER JESSE, (cousin of Fred Dickinson Letts), a Representative and a Senator from Iowa; born in Derby, Lucas County, Iowa, October 29, 1873; attended the public schools; graduated from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1898, and from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1899; admitted to the bar in 1899 and commenced practice in Algona, Iowa; second lieutenant in the Fifty-second Infantry, Iowa National Guard, 1900-1902; city clerk of Algona 1900-1904; prosecuting attorney of Kossuth County 1909-1913; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1930 and served from March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1937; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 and for election in 1938; resumed the practice of law in Des Moines, Iowa, where he died on June 4, 1968; interment in Algona Cemetery, Algona, Iowa.

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: 1925-1955. 7 feet. Speeches while senator and 12 scrapbooks relating to political activities.

State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1 folder. Clippings and photographs.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1926-1958. 3 feet. Clippings, letters, and speeches. Finding aid. Also correspondence in John W. Carey papers, 1899-1943.