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William Randolph Carpenter (April 24, 1894 in Marion, Kansas – July 26, 1956 in Topeka, Kansas) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas and a U.S. Army World War I veteran. He died in Topeka, Kansas, July 26, 1956 and was interred in Highland Cemetery, Marion, Kansas.

William Randolph Carpenter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byHomer Hoch
Succeeded byEdward Herbert Rees
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1894-04-24)April 24, 1894
Marion, Kansas
Died26 July 1956(1956-07-26) (aged 62)
Topeka, Kansas
Resting placeHighland Cemetery, Marion, Kansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Helen Frances Williams
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
World War I veteran
Kansas National Guard
Years of service1917–1952


Carpenter attended local public and high schools in Marion, Kansas. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1917, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.[1] He was admitted to the bar that same year and commenced his practice in Marion, Kansas. He continued his family's agricultural pursuits by maintaining his farm.[1]

World War IEdit

He joined the U. S. Army National Guard in Marion in 1917 as a Second Lieutenant and helped organize Company M under the Third Regiment Infantry, Kansas National Guard. During the First World War he was called to active duty and was transferred to Company M, One Hundred Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment, Thirty-fifth Infantry Division which deployed to France in early 1918. He was promoted to first lieutenant during the Argonne offensive, and served until his discharge on May 8, 1919.[1]


He married Helen Frances Williams (born 20 November 1896 in Marion, Kansas - died January 1994 in Topeka, Kansas) daughter of Fred Reed & Frances Elizabeth (née Skidmore) Williams on 15 July 1920 in Marion, Kansas.[1][2]

Community service[1]Edit

  • He served as member of the Marion Board of Education 1925–1933.
  • He served in the State house of representatives 1929–1933.
  • Carpenter was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933–January 3, 1937). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936 and he resumed the practice of law.
  • He was the United States Attorney for the district of Kansas 1945–1948.
  • He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1948.
  • He served as member of the United States Motor Carrier Claims Commission 1950–1952.


  1. ^ a b c d e Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Official Internet website
  2. ^ Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #10 accessed 22 June 2009.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Homer Hoch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
Edward Herbert Rees

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website