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He was born in Jacksonville, Florida where he attended the public schools and Duval High School. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and later became the editor and publisher of Dixie, a weekly newspaper.
L'Engle was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915) but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress. After leaving Congress, he again engaged in journalism. He died in Jacksonville, Florida in 1919 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Claude L'Engle (id: L000548)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
none, new seat
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
none, seat eliminated