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Paul Findley - General Interest

Paul Findley (Republican) was U.S. Congressman from west central Illinois, serving the 20th IL District from 1961 through 1982, when he was defeated. Findley started his political career as a strong fiscal conservative and champion of farmers. By the end of the 1960s his focus had turned more toward foreign affairs. He was an early opponent to the Vietnam War, and one of the early sponsors of the War Powers Act. By the late 1970s, he sought ways to reach out to the PLO and its leader Yasser Arafat. That move angered what Findley referred to the Jewish lobby, a factor in his defeat by newcomer Dick Durbin.

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Political Evolution

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Life in Jacksonville, IL and World War II service in Pacific

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Career as a journalist and election to Congress in 1960

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Early years in U.S. House in 1960s, and domestic policies

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Findley’s entry into foreign affairs in the 1960s

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

The Vietnam War, the War Powers Act and Watergate

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

Middle East initiatives, the PLO, and the 1980 and '82 elections

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Photos

Caption

A family portrait of Paul Findley and his siblings. From left to right are Paul, Miriam, Bill, Barbara and Ruth Findley. This photo was taken at the Otto Speith Studio in Jacksonville, Illinois circa 1929/1930.

Where:

Otto Speith Studio in Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

Circa 1929/1930

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Paul Findley’s 1st grade picture circa 1927-29.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1927-29

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Paul Findley in the Newsroom at the Jacksonville Journal Courier where Paul worked as a reporter while attending Illinois College, circa 1939. In his memoir he recalled: “The newsroom became my home.”

Where:

Newsroom at the Jacksonville Journal Courier

When:

Circa 1939

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

The official U.S. Navy photo of Ensign Paul Findley taken in 1943.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1943

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

This photo was taken the night Paul Findley and Lucille Gemme met at the Officers Club on Guam in early 1945.

Where:

Officers Club on Guam

When:

Early 1945

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

As his unit’s Commissary Officer, Findley was responsible for organizing special events, including this Independence Day party on Guam in 1945. Lucille Gemme is third from the left; Paul is cutting the cake on the right.

Where:

Guam

When:

1945

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

The 72nd U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) were photographed on November 19, 1944 while on Guam; Lieutenant Findley is second from the right in the back row.

Where:

Guam

When:

November 19, 1944

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Paul Findley directing the unit choir on Easter Sunday, 1945, while he was stationed on Guam.

Where:

Guam

When:

Easter Sunday, 1945

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Lieutenant JG Lucille M. Gemme.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Official US Navy Photograph; Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

A summer campaign event during Paul Findley’s 1st race for the U.S. Congress in 1960.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1960

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

Caption

The Findley family moved to Washington, DC in 1961 in their 1955 Oldsmobile. From left to right are Craig, Diane, Lucille and Paul Findley.

Where:

Washington, DC

When:

1961

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley as a young man, in the years following WW II.

Where:

Unknown

When:

years following WW II

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

One of the Findley Trail Rides that Paul’s campaigns sponsored to develop grass roots support.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

An evening speech during a Findley Trail Ride.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois; Trail ride campaign speech.

Caption

Findley and a group of Republican Congressman toured Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm in the spring of 1961. Findley chatted with the former president about the proper role of the government in agriculture.

Where:

Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm

When:

Spring of 1961

Ownership:

A UPI photograph. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

Caption

Congressman Findley and Bob Church open a campaign office in Springfield, supported by several enthusiastic campaign workers.

Where:

Springfield

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

President Richard Nixon signed the Lincoln Home Historic Site Act at the Old State Capital on August 18, 1974. Present at the signing were Governor Richard Ogilvie and Congressman Paul Findley.

Where:

Old State Capital, Springfield, Illinois

When:

August 18, 1974

Ownership:

This is a Galloway Photo and may be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley enjoyed entertaining his campaign workers during Findley Trail Rides. He played his trombone for one such performance at Alton, Illinois on September 30th 1972.

Where:

Alton, Illinois

When:

September 30th 1972

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley works the phone in his Washington, D.C. Congressional office. Date unknown.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

Date unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley is acting as his own clipping service in his office in Washington, DC. Date unknown.

Where:

Washington, DC

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Congressman Findley met with President Ford in the Oval Office, circa 1975-76.

Where:

Oval Office

When:

Circa 1975-76

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Congressman Findley greeting Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, circa 19__ in Washington, D.C.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Paul Findley’s first Congressional Identification card issued in 1961.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1961

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

There were lots of ways to get the word out about Congressman’s Findley’s reelection campaign, including using classic cars and motorcycles as mobile campaign posters.

Where:

Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley makes a campaign appearance at MacMurray College's McClellan Dining Hall, sometime during the Richard Ogilvie administration, circa 1970.

Where:

MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

Circa 1970

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

This lobster shell was presented to Cong. Paul Findley in May, 1974 by Muhammad L. Motie, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) while he was on a humanitarian mission to free an imprisoned constituent.

Where:

Unknown

When:

May, 1974

Ownership:

Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

This antique Jambiya (Arabic dagger) was presented to Congressman Findley in Aden, Yemen in May, 1974 by Salim Rubai Ali, Chairman of the Presidential Council, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen. Findley was trying to free an imprisoned constituent.

Where:

Aden, Yemen

When:

May, 1974

Ownership:

Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Findley was awarded an honorary doctorate in Political Science by Sana’a University, Sana'a, and Yemen. Pictured left to right: Dr. Daowood Ahmed Othman, University Pres. Dr. Abdul-Aziz Kakalah, Findley, unidentified and poet Sulaiman al-Issa.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Dec 3, 1997

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.)

Caption

Congressman Findley rides a camel during a visit to Egypt in 1972.

Where:

Egypt

When:

1972

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Mike Boren of Nebo, Illinois met Congressional Findley on January 27, 1966, while on a trip to Washington DC during a semester break from his studies at the University of Illinois.

Where:

Washington DC Unknown

When:

January 27, 1966

Ownership:

Paul Findley Collection, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Former President Gerald Ford presented plaques to Rep. Findley and former Senator Hubert Humphrey commemorating their contributions to the fight against world hunger at the First International Symposium on Famine Prevention held in Washington DC.

Where:

Unknown

When:

December 19, 1977

Ownership:

Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Caption

Congressman Findley was one of a host of representatives attending this Agriculture Committee meeting in the U.S. Capitol in early 1960s. He is seated third from the right in the photo, next to Bob Dole.

Where:

Washington D.C.

When:

Early 1960s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Findley proudly displays this Lincoln heirloom in his Illinois College office. The mahogany sofa dates from 1837, and was used by Abraham Lincoln in his Springfield, Illinois law office. Findley purchased the sofa in 1978, while he served in Congress.

Where:

Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

1978

Ownership:

Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois



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