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  Whitcomb, Edgar D.
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NameEdgar D. Whitcomb
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Seymour, Indiana , United States
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Born November 06, 1917
DiedFebruary 04, 2016 (98 years)
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InfoEDGAR WHITCOMB was born in Hayden, Jennings County, Indiana. He attended Indiana University until the outbreak of World War II and then served heroically as a [. . . navigator] in the Philippines. His book, Escape from Corregidor, based on his war experiences, was published in 1958 and was popular enough to justify a paperback edition in 1967. On Celestial Wings published in 1996 contains the true stories of the men (including Governor Whitcomb) of the first Army Air Corps Navigational Class in 1940-the Class of 40-A.

After the war, Whitcomb returned to Indiana University and completed his law degree. For fourteen years he practiced law in North Vernon, Seymour, and Indianapolis, developing a Republican political base. Whitcomb ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1954 and for the Senate in 1964. In 1966, however, he was elected Indiana's secretary of state, and in 1968 he was elected governor.

A conservative Republican, Whitcomb sought the Republican nomination for United States senator in 1976 and was defeated by Richard Lugar. After leaving office as governor, he served as director of the Mid American World Trade Association and resumed his law practice in Indianapolis. After retirement he moved to southern Indiana.


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  05/04/1976 IN US Senate- R Primary Lost 29.84% (-35.61%)
  11/05/1968 IN Governor Won 52.72% (+5.59%)
  06/18/1968 IN Governor - R Convention Won 56.86% (+33.08%)
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