Library of Congress
McGILL, George (1879-1963)
Senate Years of Service: 1930-1939

MCGILL, GEORGE, a Senator from Kansas; born on a farm near Russell, Lucas County, Iowa, February 12, 1879; moved to Kansas with his parents, who settled on a farm near Dundee, Barton County, in 1884; attended the common schools; graduated from Central Normal College, Great Bend, Kans., in 1900; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1902 and commenced practice in Hoisington, Kans.; moved to Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., in 1904 and continued the practice of law; deputy county attorney of Sedgwick County 1907-1911, and county attorney 1911-1915; elected on November 4, 1930, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles Curtis; reelected in 1932 and served from December 1, 1930, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 and for election in 1942, 1948, and 1954; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); member of the United States Tariff Commission 1944-1954; resumed the practice of law in Wichita, Kans., until his death in St. Francis Hospital on May 14, 1963; interment in Pawnee Rock Cemetery, Pawnee Rock, Kans.

Kansas State Historical Society
Topeka, KS
Papers: 1931-1954. 155 boxes. Personal and political correspondence, appointments to postal jobs in Kansas, departmental files, program and agencies files, campaign materials, and photographs. Major subjects include Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, internal revenue, Department of Labor, Public Works Administration and PWA projects, and "special'' correspondence.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: In John Andrew Simpson papers, 1917-1934.

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