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Andrew Frank Schoeppel

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Andrew Frank Schoeppel (November 23, 1894 – January 21, 1962) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was the 29th Governor of Kansas from 1943 to 1947 and a U.S. Senator from 1949 until his death. He was born in 1894 in Claflin, Kansas and died in 1962 of abdominal cancer at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland.[1]

Andrew Frank Schoeppel
Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 21, 1962
Preceded by Arthur Capper
Succeeded by James B. Pearson
29th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 13, 1947
Lieutenant Jess C. Denious
Preceded by Payne Ratner
Succeeded by Frank Carlson
Personal details
Born November 23, 1894
Barton County, Kansas, U.S.
Died January 21, 1962 (aged 67)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marie Thomsen
Alma mater University of Kansas
University of Nebraska
Profession Attorney, politician
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War I
Coaching career
Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1920–1922 Nebraska
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1929 Fort Hays State
Head coaching record
Overall 2–5


Early life and political careerEdit

Schoeppel was born near Claflin, Kansas to immigrant parents from Bohemia.[2] He attended public school and the University of Kansas, but left college to join the Naval Air Service during World War I. After returning home, he graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1922 and was admitted to the Kansas bar the next year.[1]

His early political life began as county attorney in Ness County, Kansas and was one of the early local officials for Ness City.[3] Later he was elected mayor of Ness City and also served as chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission.[4]

In 1952 Schoeppel supported Senator Robert A. Taft for president over fellow Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower.[citation needed]

College footballEdit

Schoeppel played college football from 1920 to 1922 while attending the University of Nebraska and made "honorable mention" on one of Walter Camp's first All-America football teams.[5] He served as the head football coach at Fort Hays State University for one season, in 1929, compiling a record of 2–5. Schoeppel filled in as head coach while his predecessor, William D. Weidein, was on sabbatical. Weidein did not return after his one-year sabbatical. After Schoeppel completed his one year as head coach, the school's program was taken over by W. C. "Jack" Riley.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fort Hays State Tigers (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1929)
1929 Fort Hays State 2–5 2–5 T–5th
Fort Hays State: 2–5 2–5
Total: 2–5

See alsoEdit