Earl Fredrick Landgrebe (January 21, 1916 – June 29, 1986) was a politician and businessman. He served as an Indiana state senator and United States representative for the 2nd district. Langrebe was from Valparaiso in Porter County, Indiana. He is remembered unfavorably for his famous line at the Watergate hearings: "Don't confuse me with the facts." Landgrebe was a staunch supporter of Richard Nixon throughout the Watergate hearings.
|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, Indiana in 1916, the 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. He was elected to the state senate of Indiana in 1959 as a Republican and served there until 1968. In that year, he was elected to represent Indiana's 2nd district in the House of Representatives.
On August 5, 1974, Richard Nixon released certain documents revealing his orders to aides to hinder the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation of the Watergate break-in. When Landgrebe was asked on August 7 about the apparently unanimous support for impeachment of Nixon among his Republican colleagues following this disclosure, he said: "I'm going to stick with my President even if he and I have to be taken out of this building and shot." The next day, Richard Nixon announced his resignation. A few months later, Landgrebe lost re-election. His re-election bid was derailed by Democrat Floyd Fithian.
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.
- The exact quotation was: "Don't confuse me with the facts. I've got a closed mind." The reference was first published in 1977. Wallenchinsky, David; Amy Wallace (2005). The New Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information. Canongate. p. 219.
- "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved March 13, 2018
- "Landgrebe Motor Transport, Inc. and Earl F. Landgrebe v. District 72 International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers".
- "Obituary: Earl F. Landgrebe". The New York Times. July 1, 1986. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- United States Congress. "Earl Landgrebe (id: L000049)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- 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