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Karl Miles Le Compte (May 25, 1887 - September 30, 1972) was a ten-term Republican U.S. Representative from south-central Iowa. He won ten consecutive races from 1938 to 1956, before choosing not to run again in 1958.


Born in Corydon, Iowa, Le Compte attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1909.


Le Compte attended the public schools.

Le Compte graduated from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1909.


In 1910 he became owner and publisher of the Corydon Times-Republican. In 1916, at age 29, he won election to the Iowa Senate, becoming its youngest member. In 1918, during the First World War served as a private in the medical detachment of United States General Hospital No. 26, but did not serve overseas. His service in the Senate ended in 1921.


  • The Congressman was honored by his family and hometown friends when the Corydon Public Library was named after him in 1977.


When Republican U.S. Representative Lloyd Thurston ran for the U.S. Senate in 1938, Le Compte ran for his seat in Iowa's 5th congressional district. In a successful bid for the Republican nomination in the primary, his advertisements stressed that he was "inalterably opposed to the New Deal Program of waste and extravagance."


  • the Iowa Historical Society , United States

  • Sigma Delta Chi , United States of America

  • Sigma Delta Kappa , United States of America

  • Phi Theta Pi , United States of America

  • Mason and Elk. , United States of America


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