Earl Fredrick Landgrebe (January 21, 1916 – June 29, 1986) was an American politician and businessman from the state of Indiana. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a member of both the Indiana Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 2nd district
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1975
|Preceded by||Charles A. Halleck|
|Succeeded by||Floyd Fithian|
|Member of the Indiana Senate|
from Jasper County, Newton County, Porter County and Pulaski County
November 5, 1958 – August 30, 1968
|Preceded by||John Wilson Van Ness|
|Succeeded by||Charles Borromeo Kleinkort|
Earl Fredrick Landgrebe
January 21, 1916
Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||June 29, 1986 (aged 70)|
Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.
Landgrebe was born in Valparaiso in Porter County, Indiana in 1916. He wads son of Edward William Landgrebe and Benna Marie Landgrebe (née Broderman); three of his grandparents were German immigrants. He attended Wheeler High School near Valparaiso. He married Helen Lucille Field on July 12, 1936. They had two sons, Ronald and Roger.
He was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1959 as a Republican and served there until 1968, when he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He succeeded Charles A. Halleck, who had retired, and represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district during the 91st, 92nd and 93rd congresses. He gained a reputation in Congress as a "colorful loner" with a unique brand of conservatism.
He was a stalwart defender of President Richard Nixon throughout the Watergate scandal and during the Nixon impeachment hearings. Even after the transcript of the "smoking gun" tape was released on August 5, 1974, documenting Nixon's complicity in the Watergate coverup, Landgrebe remained loyal. When asked about the damning tape transcript and the resultant rapid collapse of support for the president among Republicans in Congress and the likelihood that Nixon would be impeached, he said: "Don't confuse me with the facts. I've got a closed mind. I will not vote for impeachment. I'm going to stick with my president even if he and I have to be taken out of this building and shot." Richard Nixon resigned the presidency soon thereafter, on August 9, 1974.
Amid backlash from voters in his district for his support of Nixon, Landgrebe was resoundingly defeated in the 1974 election. He lost to Democrat Floyd Fithian, garnering only 38.9% of the vote to Fithian's 61.1%.
After his defeat, Earl Landgrebe returned to his home in Valparaiso where he owned and managed Landgrebe Motor Transport Inc., a common carrier and freight hauling company. In February 1980, the Machinist Union was on strike at the Union Rolls Corporation in Valparaiso, Indiana. The former congressman personally confronted picketers with a tractor trailer. On February 13 he completed two trips into the Union Rolls plant to pick up and haul away merchandise. Both times, the Union unsuccessfully tried to prevent his entrance into the plant. On a third trip later that day, he was not so fortunate. Union members surrounded the truck. They swung clubs and broke mirrors and shattered glass. Landgrebe was showered with broken glass. A local sheriff broke up the incident.
On June 29, 1986 he died at home of a heart attack. He was 70 years old.
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- The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Lance to Landoe
- Earl Landgrebe at Find a Grave
- Earl F. Landgrebe Papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Charles A. Halleck
| U.S. Representative of Indiana's 2nd Congressional District