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Lloyd H. Ruppenthal papers

Call Number: RH MS 844


These papers of McPherson County, Kansas attorney and Kansas state senator Lloyd H. Ruppenthal consist of correspondence, reports, service records, and clippings which emanated from his political activities, military service, and professional service activities. The papers, which date from 1935 to 1976, include records from three court cases at which Ruppenthal provided legal representation.


  • Creation: 1935 - 1976


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No access restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Lloyd H. Ruppenthal

Lloyd Henry Ruppenthal was born December 15, 1901 at Russell County, Kansas to Jacob C. and Sarah Ruppenthal. He attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1923 and a law degree in 1925. In 1933, he opened his law practice in McPherson, Kansas, specializing in estate planning and trusts.

Ruppenthal was elected to the Kansas state senate in 1941. In 1942, he relinquished his senate seat for World War II military service, and was re-elected to the Kansas senate in 1949, serving through 1951. Ruppenthal held positions of leadership in the Republican Party and in the Alumni and Endowment Associations of the University of Kansas, from which he was awarded the University's Distinguished Service Citation and its Ellsworth Medallion. He died on February 13, 1987 at McPherson.


6.25 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The Lloyd H. Ruppenthal papers consist chiefly of correspondence, clippings, committee reports, and court documents related to Ruppenthal's political campaigns and Republican Party involvement and leadership, his active duty in World War II and his military service in reserve units, his leadership of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, and his service activities in various professional bodies such as the Kansas State Bar Association and the Kansas Commission on Constitution Revision. Included also in the collection are correspondence files, notes, and court records from two U.S. District Court cases and one Kansas Supreme Court case for which Ruppenthal provided legal representation or served as chair of the hearing body.

The collection's folder labels denote their subject content. Content within each folder is arranged roughly in reverse chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lloyd H. Ruppenthal, 1976

Related Materials

James, Mary Lois, 1903-, A man before his time: J. C. Ruppenthal, Blaine, Wash.: Farwest Press, c1988 , RH C8119 Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Processing Information

Previously shelved at: RH MS 203

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Lloyd H. Ruppenthal Papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 844, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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