Everett Sanders

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Everett Sanders
Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
June 17, 1932 – June 5, 1934
Preceded bySimeon D. Fess
Succeeded byHenry P. Fletcher
Secretary to the President
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 4, 1929
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byC. Bascom Slemp
Succeeded byWalter Newton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 4, 1925
Preceded byRalph Moss
Succeeded byNoble J. Johnson
Personal details
James Everett Sanders

(1882-03-08)March 8, 1882
Coalmont, Indiana, U.S.
DiedMay 12, 1950(1950-05-12) (aged 68)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseElla Neal
EducationIndiana State University (BA)
Indiana University, Bloomington (LLB)

James Everett Sanders (March 8, 1882 – May 12, 1950) was an American political figure. He was Presidential secretary to President Calvin Coolidge and chairman of the Republican National Committee. He served four terms in the U.S House of Representatives from 1917 to 1925, representing Indiana.


Born in Coalmont, Indiana, Sanders attended the Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana State University) and then graduated from Indiana University. He practiced law in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Political career

From 1917 until 1925 Sanders represented Indiana in the United States Congress. He declined to be re-nominated in 1924, and instead became director of the Speakers' Bureau of the Republican National Committee. Subsequently, in 1925, he accepted the job and replaced C. Bascom Slemp as the personal secretary to President Coolidge early in his second term.[1] During his time as presidential secretary (a position equivalent to the current White House Chief of Staff) Sanders amassed a collection of presidential speeches that became known as the 'Everett Sanders Papers',[2] which contain speeches from June 22, 1925, until February 22, 1929. Sanders also became a member of the Alfalfa Club after 1926.

Sanders was so highly regarded that, after leaving the position in 1929 after Coolidge's second term, President Herbert Hoover appointed him to chair the Republican National Committee, a position he held from 1932 until he stepped down in 1934 after Hoover's disastrous re-election campaign.[3]


Sanders died in Washington, D.C., in 1950, and is buried in Indiana, in the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute.


  1. ^ "A Sanders for a Slemp.", Time, 1925-01-26, archived from the original on February 19, 2012, retrieved 2009-05-09
  2. ^ The Everett Sanders Papers., The Library of Congress, retrieved 2009-05-09
  3. ^ "Sanders Steps down.", Time, 1934-05-14, archived from the original on November 25, 2010, retrieved 2009-05-09

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

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Preceded by Secretary to the President
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Preceded by Chair of the Republican National Committee
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