Senator Raymond R. Gillespie View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 6/3/1960
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 53 (1949) - 54 (1951)
57 (1957) - 58 (1959)
Home County: Madison
Raymond R. Gillespie
Madison County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Raymond R. Gillespie, begs leave to submit the following:

The Honorable Raymond R. Gillespie was born at Chariton, Iowa, on the 23rd day of July, 1890, a son of Robert and Elvia Guye Gillespie. He passed away on June 3, 1960, at the age of 69 years.

Senator Gillespie was serving his second term, representing the Adair­Madison County senatorial district, and was a candidate for renomination at the Democratic primary.

He was a graduate of Dexter High School and Iowa State University in Ames. He served in the United States armed forces in World War I, and in 1917 received a presidential citation for his efforts in food production during the war.

He engaged in farming all his life but was also vice-president of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Winterset. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge, Consistory, American Legion, and the American Angus Association.

Senator Gillespie is survived by his wife; two sons, Cecil Gillespie of Winterset and Jewett Dunham, who is a professor of zoology and entomology at Iowa State University. He also leaves two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Roy Hammond of Dexter.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Fifty-ninth General Assembly: That in the passing of Raymond R. Gillespie, the State of Iowa has lost a valuable and honorable citizen and by this resolution tenders its sincere sympathy to the surviving members of the family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread on the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to each member of the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.