Andrew Frank Schoeppel

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 Schoeppel
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 21, 1962
Preceded byArthur Capper
Succeeded byJames B. Pearson
29th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 13, 1947
LieutenantJess C. Denious
Preceded byPayne Ratner
Succeeded byFrank Carlson
Personal details
BornNovember 23, 1894
Barton County, Kansas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 21, 1962 (aged 67)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMarie Thomsen
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
University of Nebraska (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney, politician
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War I
Coaching career
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1929Fort Hays State
Head coaching record

Early life and political career

Schoeppel as governor.

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.[5]

Schoeppel voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957,[6][7] but did not vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1960.[8]

College football


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.[9] 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.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fort Hays State Tigers (Central Intercollegiate Conference) (1929)
1929 Fort Hays State 2–5 2–4 T–5th
Fort Hays State: 2–5 2–4
Total: 2–5

See also



  1. ^ a b Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1900", FamilySearch, retrieved March 20, 2018
  3. ^ Kansas Heritage-Ness County Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kansas Governor's Records - Andrew F. Schoeppel Administration - Jan. 11, 1943 - Jan. 12, 1947 - Kansas State Historical Society
  5. ^ "SCHOEPPEL BACKS TAFT". New York Times. December 7, 1951. p. 21. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "Senate – August 7, 1957" (PDF). Congressional Record. 103 (10). U.S. Government Printing Office: 13900. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  7. ^ "Senate – August 29, 1957" (PDF). Congressional Record. 103 (12). U.S. Government Printing Office: 16478. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  8. ^ "Senate – April 8, 1960" (PDF). Congressional Record. 106 (6). U.S. Government Printing Office: 7810–7811. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Office of the Governor of Kansas Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Fort Hays Coaching Records Archived 2011-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas
1942, 1944
Succeeded by
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Kansas
(Class 2)

1948, 1954, 1960
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Kansas
Served alongside: Clyde M. Reed, Harry Darby, Frank Carlson
Succeeded by
Preceded by Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee
Succeeded by