Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
JENCKES, Virginia Ellis (1877-1975)

JENCKES, VIRGINIA ELLIS, a Representative from Indiana; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., November 6, 1877; attended the public and high schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits in 1912; secretary of Wabash Maumee Valley Improvement Association, 1926-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; United States delegate to the Interparliamentary Union in Paris, France, in 1937; after leaving Congress, remained in Washington, D.C., for many years and worked for the American Red Cross; returned to her native Terre Haute, Ind., in the early 1970s; died in Terre Haute, Ind., January 9, 1975; interment in Highland Lawn Cemetery.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1918-1951, 2 linear feet.
The papers of Virginia Jenckes include correspondence, reports, and other papers relating to agricultural waste recovery and other efforts to help farmers during the Depression, flood control on the Wabash and White rivers, railroads, women's rights, education, and communists in America, particularly Virginia Jenckes's opposition to communist radio broadcasts. The papers also contain political correspondence, campaign materials, newspaper clippings, and papers relating to a meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Union which Virginia Jenckes attended.

Oral History: 1967, 88 pages.
A transcript of an interview with Virginia Jenckes conducted by Tom Krasean from October 11-12, 1967.


Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Theodore Dreiser Papers, ca. 1933-1940, 3 folders and 1 bound volume.
Correspondence from R. D. Heinl, dated April 15, 1935 to Theodore Dreiser. In the letter, R. D. Heinl mentions Virginia Jenckes.


Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center, E.S. Bird Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the William H. Benjamin Papers, 1935-1936, 86 letters.
Subjects covered include Virginia Jenckes. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.


Vigo County Public Library
Terre Haute, IN
Oral History: 1972, 88 pages.
A transcript of an interview with Virginia Jenckes conducted by Tom Krasean from October 11-12, 1967.

  • "Virginia Ellis Jenckes" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.