SHSMO Remembers

Issac Newton Skelton IV, 1931 - 2013

Ike Skelton - October 2013

Ike Skelton, former U.S. representative for Missouri’s Fourth District, passed away on October 28, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia. Born and reared in Lexington, Missouri, Ike devoted his life to public service, winning elections for prosecuting attorney in Lafayette County and to the Missouri Senate before serving in Congress from 1977 to 2011. As a congressman, he is best known for his efforts on behalf of the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 to 2011 and worked tirelessly on behalf of national security.

He was a life member and trustee for The State Historical Society of Missouri, and this year we had the honor of publishing his memoir, Achieve The Honorable: A Missouri Congressman’s Journey from Warm Springs to Washington, in partnership with a copublisher, the Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale. SHSMO holds the Ike Skelton Papers, which can be viewed in any of our locations, although currently there is a restriction on the use of the papers. The Skelton Papers consist of 270 boxes of materials including correspondence, appointment books, Congressional Research Service files, election files, photographs, and speeches. Ike Skelton was a part of SHSMO family and will be missed.

Manuscript Collection

Skelton, Ike, Papers (CA6210)
252 cubic feet, audiovisual materials, oversize items
Papers of Democratic congressman who represented Missouri’s 4th District from 1977-2011. Appointment books, clippings, Congressional Research Service files, correspondence, financial records, photographs, press releases and speeches are included.

‘Americans can’t remember what others can’t forget.’ We have an absolutely marvelous history, a lot of bumps, a lot of bad things. But America at the end of the day will come out on the right side and we have to inculcate that in young people today. -Ike Skelton

Ike Skelton Shares Lowest Moment

The late Ike Skelton, former U.S. representative for Missouri's Fourth District, describes his lowest moment to Crosby Kemper III at a recent interview about his True Grit and new book, "Achieve the Honorable." The title is published by The State Historical Society of Missouri and Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale.

Ike Skelton on the Importance of Americans Understanding History

In one of his last public appearances, Ike Skelton gave his "standard lecture" on the importance of understanding history. The October 8, 2013 program at the Kansas City Public Library's was an interview with Crosby Kemper III on his recent memoir, "Achieve the Honorable."