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Charles McKevett Teague (September 18, 1909 – January 1, 1974) was a congressman in the United States House of Representatives from Ventura County, California, from 1955 to 1974.

Charles M. Teague
Charles M. Teague 93rd Congress 1973.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 1, 1974
Preceded byErnest K. Bramblett
Succeeded byRobert J. Lagomarsino
Personal details
Born(1909-09-18)September 18, 1909
Santa Paula, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 1974(1974-01-01) (aged 64)
Santa Paula, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marjorie Cowden (d. 1970)
Courtney Kempe Campbell[1]
Alma materStanford University
ProfessionBusinessman, Lawyer

Early life and familyEdit

Born in Santa Paula, California, Teague's family has long been involved in citrus farming. His father, Charles C. Teague, was a founder of Sunkist Growers, Incorporated and his brother Milton headed the organization for some time.[2][3][4] He attended the public schools and graduated from Stanford University in 1931 and from Stanford Law School in 1934.


Teague was admitted to the bar in 1934 and commenced the practice of law in Los Angeles and Ventura. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1946, and was awarded the Air Force commendation ribbon. He served as director of the McKevett Corp. and Teague-McKevett Co., firms later merged with Limoneira.[5] At the time of his first run for Congress, he was president of the Ventura County Republican Assembly.[4]

Teague was elected as a Republican representative to the 84th United States Congress, and to the nine succeeding Congresses. He served from January 3, 1955, until his death from a heart attack in Santa Paula on January 1, 1974. In the House, he served as ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee and was also a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.[4]

His son, Alan, served as mayor of Santa Paula.[3][4]

Teague died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Paula at age 64. He was cremated, and his ashes interred in family plot at the Santa Paula Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Charles M. Teague (id: T000109)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ernest K. Bramblett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert J. Lagomarsino

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