Ranulf Compton

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C. H. Ranulf Compton (* September 16, 1878 in Poe, Allen County, Indiana; † January 26, 1974 in Madison, Connecticut) was an American politician. Between 1943 and 1945 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ranulf Compton attended the public schools in Indianapolis and then the Howe Military School in Howe (Indiana) until 1898. Afterwards he studied at Harvard University. In the following years he was active in the states of New York and Connecticut in the financial and banking business. Between 1912 and 1916 he was a captain of infantry in the National Guard of New York. Between July 1916 and March 1918 he held the same rank in the U.S. Army. He then took an active part in World War I as a major in an armored unit. Until August 1919 Compton remained a member of the army. For his service during the war, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Order of the Legion of Honor.

In 1920, Compton became military advisor to New York Governor Nathan Lewis Miller. In 1921 and 1922, he served as Deputy Secretary of State, deputy executive officer of the state government of New York. Subsequently, from 1923 to 1929, Compton served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Hudson River Extension Organization(Hudson River Regulating District) in Albany.

Compton was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1940 and 1941, he was an advisor to Connecticut Governor Raymond E. Baldwin. In 1942 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., in Connecticut’s Third District, where he succeeded Democrat James A. Shanley, whom he had defeated in the election, on January 3, 1943. However, since he in turn was defeated by Democrat James P. Geelan in 1944, Compton was able to serve only one term in Congress until January 3, 1945, a term dominated by the events of World War II.

Between 1945 and 1968, Compton was president and owner of the South Jersey Broadcasting Company. He spent his retirement in Madison, where he died in January 1974 at the age of 95.

Web links

  • Ranulf Compton in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)
  • Ranulf Compton in the database of Find a Grave (english)Template:Findagrave/Maintenance/Same identifiers in source text and Wikidata