C. Bascom Slemp

Campbell Bascom Slemp ( September 4, 1870 in Turkey Cove, Lee County, Virginia; † August 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1923 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


C. Bascom Slemp was the son of Congressman Slemp Campbell ( 1839-1907 ). He attended the public schools of his native land and from then until 1891, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. For a year he was Kadettenkommandat at Marion Military Institute; to 1901, he taught mathematics at the Virginia Military Institute. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1901 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Wise County in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. From 1905 to 1918 he was chairman of the party in Virginia. He then moved to the Republican National Committee.

After the death of his father, who died as a deputy, Slemp was at the due election for the ninth seat Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on December 7, 1907. After seven elections he could remain until January 3, 1923 in Congress. In this time of the First World War and the ratification of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th constitutional amendment fell.

In 1922, Slemp renounced another Congress candidate. Between 1923 and 1925 he worked on the staff of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge as Secretary to the President. This position is to be compared with the later chief of staff of the White House. He then practiced as a lawyer until 1932 again; then he withdrew into retirement. Bascom Slemp died on August 7, 1943 in Knoxville.