Errett P. Scrivner
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kansas's 2nd district
September 14, 1943 - January 3, 1959
|Ulysses Samuel Guyer|
|Newell A. George|
|Born||March 20, 1898|
|Died||May 5, 1978 (aged 80)|
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Born in Newton, Kansas, Scrivner attended the grade schools and was graduated from Manual Training High School, Kansas City, Missouri. During the First World War enlisted in Battery B, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Field Artillery, in July 1917. He served overseas in 1918 and 1919. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart Medals.
Scrivner was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eight Congress, by special election, September 14, 1943, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Guyer. He was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from September 14, 1943 to January 3, 1959. Scrivner voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress, largely due to his request for a vote for appropriations to continue construction on the controversial and wildly unpopular Tuttle Creek Dam along the Big Blue River. President Eisenhower had specifically chosen to leave out funding for the continuation of the dam, but Scrivner's insistence led to the displacement of thousands of families and the flooding of some of America's best crop land.
He served as special assistant to the comptroller, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., from January 1959 to March 1960. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs, from March 7, 1960, to January 20, 1961. He was City commissioner in 1970 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where he resided until his death on May 5, 1978. He was cremated and entombment in the niches at Arlington National Cemetery.
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