Frank M. Karsten

Melvin Frank Karsten ( born January 7, 1913 in San Antonio, Texas, † May 14, 1992 ) was an American politician. Between 1947 and 1969 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Frank Karsten attended Beaumont High School in St. Louis ( Missouri). After a subsequent law degree from the National University in Washington DC, and later the George Washington University emerged from the, and his admission as an attorney, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1934 and 1946 he served on the staff of Congressman John J. Cochran.

In the congressional elections of 1946, Karsten was in the 13th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became Cochran's successor on 3 January 1947. After ten re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1969 eleven legislative periods. After the dissolution of his constituency in 1952, he represented from 1953 as the successor of Clare Magee the first district of the State of Missouri. In 1957 Karsten American delegates at an international trade and customs Conference in Geneva. Between 1964 and 1965 he was also one of the delegates of a British -American Conference of Parliamentarians.

During his long term as congressman came the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Domestically was the civil rights movement in the center. At that time also the 22nd, the 23rd, the 24th and the 25th Amendment ratified. In 1968, Frank Karsten renounced a new Congress candidacy. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he retired from politics. He died on 14 May 1992 in his hometown of San Antonio, where he was also buried.