John R. Dellenback
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oregon's 4th district
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
|Preceded by||Robert B. Duncan|
|Succeeded by||James H. Weaver|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives|
|Born||November 6, 1918|
|Died||December 7, 2002 (aged 84)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jane Dellenback|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
University of Michigan
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Dellenback's maternal grandparents were Norwegian and his paternal grandparents were each from Alsace-Lorraine and Germany. After graduating from Yale University, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, then received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949 and began teaching law at Oregon State College (later Oregon State University) that same year.
In 1960, Dellenback was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, and in 1966, was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing Oregon's 4th congressional district. While in Congress, Dellenback, a Republican, earned a reputation as an independent thinker. He wrote legislation to establish the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, worked to pass a bill that made pipeline permit-holders and shippers liable for oil spills, and supported federal Title IX legislation for equal opportunity for boys and girls in athletics.
Dellenback served four terms in the House and was defeated in the 1974 elections by liberal Democrat Jim Weaver. Dellenback's defeat is largely attributed to the anti-Republican mood of the electorate in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
After leaving Congress, Dellenback was appointed by President Gerald Ford as director of the Peace Corps, where he served from 1975 to 1977. From 1977 to 1988, Dellenback was president of the Christian College Coalition (now called the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
- "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved March 11, 2018
- "Peace Corps Mourns Loss of Former Director John R. Dellenback" (Press release). Peace Corps. December 11, 2002. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-22.
- O'Neill, Patrick (December 8, 2002). "4-time Oregon congressman John Dellenback dies at 84". The Oregonian.
- United States Congress. "John R. Dellenback (id: D000220)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- John R. Dellenback at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Robert B. Duncan
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th congressional district
James H. Weaver
| Director of the Peace Corps
Carolyn R. Payton