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Charles Abraham Halleck

In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Deputy Leslie C. Arends
Preceded by John W. McCormack
Succeeded by John W. McCormack

In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Deputy Leslie C. Arends
Preceded by Joseph W. Martin
Succeeded by Gerald Ford

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
January 29, 1935 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by George R. Durgan
Succeeded by Earl F. Landgrebe

Born August 22, 1900(1900-08-22)
DeMotte, Indiana
Died March 3, 1986 (aged 85)
Lafayette, Indiana
Political party Republican
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Charles Abraham Halleck (August 22, 1900 – March 3, 1986) was a Republican leader of the United States House of Representatives from the second district of Indiana.

Halleck was born near DeMotte, in Jasper County, Indiana, the son of Abraham and Lura (née Luce) Halleck. He served in the Infantry of the United States Army, during World War I. After military service, Halleck attended Indiana University at Bloomington. In 1924 Halleck was admitted to the bar and began practicing in Rensselaer. From 1924 and 1934 he was the Prosecuting Attorney for the thirteenth district court.

Following the death of the congressman-elect Frederick Landis in 1935, Halleck replaced him and remained in that position until 1969. A prominent member of the Conservative coalition, he served as the House Majority Leader after the elections of 1946 and 1952; he was House Minority Leader 1959-1964. He was a strong opponent of the liberal social proposals of Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, but supported the Vietnam War and was one of the strongest advocates for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Along with Senator Everett Dirksen he was the face of the Republican Party during most of the 1960s, and made frequent appearances on television news and talk programs. The press jocularly nicknamed his joint appearances with Mr. Dirksen the "Ev and Charlie Show."

After the 1964 election, Halleck was defeated in his bid to remain Minority Leader by Gerald Ford, who was the leader of a younger faction.

Charles Halleck was married to Blanche Annetta White, who died in 1973. They had two children. Halleck died in Lafayette, Indiana on March 3, 1986 and is buried next to his wife in Rensselaer.


  • Peabody, Robert L. The Ford-Halleck Minority Leadership Contest 1966;
  • Scheele, Henry Z. Charlie Halleck: A Political Biography. Exposition Press, 1966.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George R. Durgan
U.S. Representative of Indiana's 2nd Congressional District
Succeeded by
Earl F. Landgrebe
Party political offices
Preceded by
John W. McCormack
House Majority Leader
Succeeded by
John W. McCormack
Preceded by
Joseph W. Martin
House Minority Leader
Succeeded by
Gerald Ford


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