Paul Harvey Cunningham (June 15, 1890 – July 16, 1961) served nine consecutive terms as a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa. First elected in 1940, he was re-elected eight times, and defeated in 1958.
Born on a farm in Indiana County, Pennsylvania near Kent, Cunningham attended the public schools. He graduated from State Teachers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania, in 1911, from the literary department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1914, and from its Law School in 1915. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
During the First World War, from 1917 to 1919, he served as a first lieutenant in the Infantry.
He moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1919 and continued the practice of law. He served as member of the Iowa National Guard from 1920 to 1923. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1933, and served until 1937.
On February 4, 1940, Congressman Cassius C. Dowell died, thereby creating a vacancy in Iowa's 6th congressional district. Cunningham fell four votes short of receiving the Republican Party's nomination as its candidate in the March 5, 1940 special election. Although Robert K. Goodwin received the nomination and won the special election, Cunningham received his party's nomination for the 1940 general election, where he defeated E. Frank Fox.
Iowa's districts were reapportioned before the next election to reflect the loss of one Iowa seat, placing Cunningham's home county (Polk) in Iowa's 5th congressional district. In 1942, and in the next eight elections, Cunningham was re-elected to Congress from that district.
In 1958, Cunningham faced a challenge from Neal Smith, then seeking his first term. Two weeks before the election, Cunningham was slightly favored to win, based on a split within the Polk County Democratic Party's organization. However, Smith defeated Cunningham, winning his first of eighteen terms. Cunningham's congressional service began January 3, 1941, and ended January 3, 1959.
After his defeat, Cunningham resumed the practice of law. He died at his summer home on Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minnesota, on July 16, 1961. He was interred in Masonic Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 25th, 1890, Died ? th, ?
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 48 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-13851||10-in.||9/24/1913||My lovin' melody man||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15095||10-in.||7/29/1914||What a wonderful love that would be||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18704||10-in.||11/13/1916||If it wasn't for you||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22439||10-in.||11/29/1918||Have a smile for everyone you meet, and they will have a smile for you||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with violin obbligato and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22880||10-in.||5/28/1919||The gates of gladness (On the road to Sunshine Land)||Lewis James ; Shannon Four||Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23016||10-in.||6/18/1919||If you don't stop making eyes at me||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24378||10-in.||8/12/1920||Tripoli||William Robyn ; Louise Terrell||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25733||10-in.||10/27/1921||That's how I believe in you||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26818||10-in.||8/7/1922||All over nothing at all||Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28682||10-in.||10/23/1923||You can't make a fool out of me||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with cello and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35458||10-in.||5/13/1926||Let the end of the world come to-morrow (as long as you love me to-day)||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-040625||10-in.||7/29/1939||Out of port||Blue Barron ; Alan Holmes||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-041509||10-in.||8/7/1939||Scissors and knives to grind||Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-044002||10-in.||10/24/1939||Piggy wiggy woo||Marion Holmes ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Three Romeos||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio and female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-047282||10-in.||2/28/1940||Please take a letter, Miss Brown||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-047740||10-in.||3/4/1940||You gorgeous dancing doll||Gray Gordon ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra ; Johnny Victor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-050523||10-in.||5/7/1940||Please take a letter, Miss Brown||Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Tommy Taylor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-051548||10-in.||6/21/1940||Gentlemen of the jury||Meredith Blake ; Gray Gordon ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-051550||10-in.||6/21/1940||I am an American||Meredith Blake ; Gray Gordon ; Art Perry ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-056112||10-in.||9/13/1940||Autumn on the campus||Gray Gordon ; Art Perry ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-057002||10-in.||10/17/1940||Oh! They're making me all over in the army||Gordon Goons ; Gray Gordon ; Art Perry ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-058103||10-in.||11/27/1940||You're in the Army now||Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-068680||10-in.||12/18/1941||All for love||Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||D9VB-0320||10-in.||1/18/1949||The bible on the table and the flag upon the wall||Georgia Crackers [Newman Brothers]||String band, with male vocal and narration||songwriter|
|Columbia||39493||10-in.||7/10/1914||Baby love||Billy Watkins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cunningham, Paul," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111123.
Cunningham, Paul. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111123.
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