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Homer Hoch

Politician. Republican. Born: July 4, 1879, Marion, Kansas. Died: January 30, 1949, Topeka, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District: March 4, 1919, to March 3, 1933.

Born in Marion, Kansas, on July 4, 1879, Homer Hoch attended the public schools and graduated from Baker University in 1902. He then attended George Washington Law School, Washington, D.C., and Washburn Law School, Topeka, graduating from the latter in 1909. Hoch had worked as a clerk and chief of the Appointment Division for the U.S. Post Office Department in Washington from 1903 to 1905 and as private secretary to his father, the Kansas governor, Edward W. Hoch, in 1907 and 1908. Thereafter, for the next decade, he engaged in the practice of law in Marion while editing his father's newspaper, the Marion Record. Elected in 1918 as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress, Representative Hoch won six subsequent terms, serving from March 4, 1919, to March 3, 1933, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932. He had been a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928 and after returning to Kansas in 1933 served as a member and chairman of the State Corporation Commission (1933-1939) and was elected a member of the supreme court of Kansas in 1938. Hoch was reelected in 1944 and served on the state's high court until his death in Topeka on January 30, 1949.

Entry: Hoch, Homer

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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