Leslie Arends

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Leslie C. Arends
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Former U.S. Representative from Illinois's 15th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1973 – December 31, 1974
Predecessor Cliffard D. Carlson
Successor Tim Lee Hall
Former U.S. Representative from Illinois's 17th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1973
Predecessor Frank Gillespie
Successor George M. O'Brien
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty Tychon
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Service Years 1918–1919
Battles/wars World War I

Leslie Cornelius Arends (September 27, 1895 – July 17, 1985) represented a rural downstate Illinois district in the US Congress from 1935 to 1975. A conservative though pragmatic Republican, he opposed much of the New Deal and remained a staunch isolationist until the American entry into World War II. Becoming the Minority Whip in 1943, Arends helped create the powerful Conservative Coalition of Republicans and Southern Democrats that controlled the domestic agenda from 1937 to 1964. He supported Robert A. Taft over Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination, and was an early supporter of the party's nominees Richard M. Nixon and Barry Goldwater in the campaigns of the 1960s. He organized the GOP opposition to Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society. Arends also supported civil rights legislation. He defended Richard Nixon throughout the Watergate affair and his close personal friendship with Gerald R. Ford insured a good relationship with Nixon's successor.[1]


I was brought up right, as a Republican.[2]

See also


  1. Schapsmeier, Edward L. and Frederick H. Schapsmeier, "Serving under Seven Presidents: Les Arends and His Forty Years in Congress." Illinois Historical Journal 1992 85(2): 105-118. Issn: 0748-8149
  2. Cook, Joan (July 17, 1985). LESLIE ARENDS, 40-YEAR HOUSE MEMBER, DIES. The New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2021.

External links

  • Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Profile at Find A Grave