HARTKE, Rupert Vance (1919-2003)

HARTKE, RUPERT VANCE, a Senator from Indiana; born in Stendal, Pike County, Ind., May 31, 1919; attended the public schools of Stendal; graduated from Evansville College in 1940 and Indiana University Law School in 1948; during the Second World War served in the United States Coast Guard and Navy as a seaman, and advanced to lieutenant 1942-1946; admitted to the Indiana bar in 1948 and commenced the practice of law in Evansville, Ind.; deputy prosecuting attorney of Vandenburgh County, Ind., 1950-1951; mayor of Evansville, Ind., 1956-1958, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964 and again in 1970 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1972; chairman, Committee on Veterans Affairs (Ninety-second through Ninety-fourth Congresses); was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia, until his death on July 27, 2003; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 7 audiotapes (1966-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1964-1976. 7 letters.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1958-1973. 4 letters. Also photographs and several items in various collections.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 1979. 20 pages. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Nevada Historical Society
Reno, NV
Papers: Correspondence in John V. Ciceu collection, 1962-1965.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 15 items (1972-1975) in John O. Pastore papers.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 5 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

  • Hartke, Vance. The American Crisis in Vietnam. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1968.
  • ___. You and Your Senator. New York: Coward-McCann, 1970.
  • Hartke, Vance, and John M. Redding. Inside the New Frontier. New York: MacFadden-Bartell Corp., 1962.
  • Hess, Richard Charles. "The 1970 Senatorial Campaign in Indiana: A Rhetorical Case Study of a Political Campaign.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1973.
  • Meyer, Nancy Jean. "Vance Hartke: A Political Biography.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Ball State University, 1987.