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Richard Howard Ichord Jr. (June 27, 1926 – December 25, 1992) was U.S. representative from Missouri and a significant U.S. anti-Communist political figure. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the last chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee between 1969 and 1975 (called the House Internal Security Committee since 1969).

Richard Howard Ichord Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byA. S. J. Carnahan
Succeeded byR. Wendell Bailey
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1926-06-27)June 27, 1926
Licking, Missouri
DiedDecember 25, 1992(1992-12-25) (aged 66)
Houston, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Missouri


Richard H. Ichord Jr. was born in Licking, Missouri. From 1944 to 1946 he served in the United States Navy. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949, and a Juris Doctor in 1952. He afterwards worked as a lawyer in private practice.

From 1952 to 1960, he was a member of the Missouri State House of Representatives, where he served as speaker pro tempore in 1957, and Speaker in 1959.

Elected as the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 8th District in 1960, he was re-elected nine times, serving in the Eighty-seventh through Ninety-sixth Congresses (1961–1980). In addition to the House Un-American Activities Committee, he also served on the House Armed Services Committee. He did not run for reelection in 1980.

After his retirement from office, Ichord became a professional advocate in Missouri and served as co-chairman of American Freedom Coalition with Congressman Bob Wilson.

He co-authored the book Behind Every Bush: Treason or Patriotism (1979) with Boyd Upchurch.

Survivors include his wife Millicent and three children, Richard, Pam and Kyle. Six grandchildren, Loran, Megan, Chase, Alexa, Courtney and Flemming.

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