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Papers belonging to former U.S. senator from Iowa are discovered,
donated to UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The once missing papers of William Squire Kenyon,
a former Republican U.S. senator from Iowa have been found and will be
housed at the special collections department at University of Iowa Main
Bob McCown, manuscripts librarian, says he expects the papers to be
delivered to the UI on Thursday, Nov. 12.
The papers mean researchers can narrate and explain further Kenyon's
work as a senator from 1911 to 1922 and learn more about the government
during the Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge presidencies. Kenyon later
served as a judge from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1922 until
his death in 1933.
Kenyon's best known opinion as a judge was his decision to cancel the
Teapot Dome leases that were associated with the Teapot Dome scandal of
When he died in 1933, boxes containing his writings were sent to his
brother and were believed to have been stored in an attic or carriage house
belonging to that family.
McCown intermittently contacted the Kenyon family in an attempt to locate
the papers, but no one knew of their whereabouts until Roger Natte, a retired
Iowa Central Community College history professor, and friend of McCown's,
learned that the family's house had been sold and the new owners discovered
"We have a number of Iowa governors', senators' and legislators'
papers. This adds to the mix and makes the UI a rich repository for people
studying Iowa politics," McCown says.
The papers are a joint donation to the UI from the Kenyon family and
the Mike Doyle family.