Preston E. Peden

Preston Elmer Peden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1947  January 3, 1949
Preceded by Victor Wickersham
Succeeded by Victor Wickersham
Personal details
Born June 28, 1914 (1914-06-28)
Duke, Oklahoma
Died June 27, 1985 (1985-06-28) (aged 70)
Walnut Creek, California
Citizenship US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ursula Wendt Peden
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Profession Attorney
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1942-1946
Rank Captain
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Bronze Star

Preston Elmer Peden (June 28, 1914 – June 27, 1985) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

Early life and education

Born in Duke, Oklahoma, Peden moved to Altus, Oklahoma, in 1920. Following his public school education, he attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma, receiving his A.B. in 1936, and from the law school of the same university, his LL.B. in 1939.


Peden was admitted to the bar in 1939 and commenced the practice of law in Altus, Oklahoma. He became the Attorney for the State Insurance Fund of the State of Oklahoma (1939–1942).

He enlisted in June 1942 as a private in the United States Army. He was promoted through the ranks to Captain, being discharged May 5, 1946, and was awarded Bronze Star. He married German nurse Ursula Wendt on December 24, 1945, in Bavaria and they had four children. His eldest was son Robert, followed by daughters Marsha & Gretchen & youngest son Thomas, who was always referred to as "stam" as in 'stampeden' .[1] While serving overseas Peden sent a notification and declaration for the office of Congressman to the election board and subsequently received the nomination.

Peden was elected as a Democrat to the 80th Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949),[2] and was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1948. He served as staff member of the Public Lands Committee of the United States House of Representatives in May 1949. He was appointed Alaskan regional counsel, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, in 1950 and Counsel to House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs 1950-1952. He served as director of governmental affairs of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry from 1954 to 1980, while a resident of La Grange, Illinois.[3]


Peden moved to Walnut Creek, California, and lived there until his death on June 27, 1985, (age 70 years, 364 days). His burial location unknown.[4]


  1. "Preston E. Peden". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  2. "Preston E. Peden". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. "Preston E. Peden". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. "Preston E. Peden". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Victor Wickersham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Victor Wickersham
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