Colonel William A. Phillips

William Randolph Carpenter (April 24, 1894 in Marion, Kansas – July 26, 1956 in Topeka, Kansas) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas and a U.S. Army World War I veteran. He died in Topeka, Kansas, July 26, 1956 and was interred in Highland Cemetery, Marion, Kansas.


Carpenter attended local public and high schools in Marion, Kansas. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1917, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.[1] He was admitted to the bar that same year and commenced his practice in Marion, Kansas. He continued his family's agricultural pursuits by maintaining his farm.[1]

World War I

He joined the U. S. Army National Guard in Marion in 1917 as a Second Lieutenant and helped organize Company M under the Third Regiment Infantry, Kansas National Guard. During the First World War he was called to active duty and was transferred to Company M, One Hundred Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment, Thirty-fifth Infantry Division which deployed to France in early 1918. He was promoted to first lieutenant during the , and served until his discharge on May 8, 1919.[1]


He married Helen Frances Williams (born 20 November 1896 in Marion, Kansas - died January 1994 in Topeka, Kansas) daughter of Fred Reed & Frances Elizabeth (née Skidmore) Williams on 15 July 1920 in Marion, Kansas.[1][2]

Community service[1]

  • He served as member of the Marion Board of Education 1925–1933.
  • He served in the State house of representatives 1929–1933.
  • Carpenter was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933–January 3, 1937). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936 and he resumed the practice of law.
  • He was the United States Attorney for the district of Kansas 1945–1948.
  • He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1948.
  • He served as member of the United States Motor Carrier Claims Commission 1950–1952.


  1. ^ a b c d e Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Official Internet website
  2. ^ Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #10 accessed 22 June 2009.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Harry Hines Woodring
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Kenneth T. Anderson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Homer Hoch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
Edward Herbert Rees

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website