Harrison E. Spangler

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Harrison Earl Spangler (June 10, 1879–1965) was a politician from the U. S. state of Iowa.

Life and career

Spangler was born in Guthrie County, Iowa and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He studied to be a lawyer and joined the Republican Party.

Spangler was an Iowa delegate to the 1924, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948 and 1952 Republican National Conventions. (In 1932 he was an alternate delegate.) He was chairman of the Iowa Republican State Central Committee 1930-32. He was also a member of the Republican National Committee 1931-49 and it’s chairman from 1942-44.

While RNC chairman in 1943, Spangler created a council concerning foreign policy for the 1944 party’s platform. He wanted a unified policy among isolationists and internationalists on treaty ratification and the proposed world peace organization. The Post War Advisory Council met on September 6 on Mackinac Island, Michigan and was chaired by U.S. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg. Other attendees were Governors Earl Warren of California, Thomas E. Dewey of New York, Harry Kelly of Michigan, Dwight H. Green of Illinois, and Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. The meeting resulted in clearing way for Republican congressional support of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Spangler was a resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a member of the American Bar Association, Freemasons, Elks, and Sigma Nu.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Joseph W. Martin, Jr.
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
1942-1944
Succeeded by
Herbert Brownell, Jr.