Congressman Rudolph Kleberg

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Rudolph Kleberg

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Cat Spring, Austin County, Texas, USA
Death: Died in Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Place of Burial: Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Justus Kleberg and Rosalier Kleberg
Husband of Mathilde Kleberg
Father of Albert Leon Kleberg
Brother of Caroline Louise Eckhardt; Marcellus Eugene Kleberg; Robert Justus Kleberg, Jr. and Rosalie Louise Kleberg

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About Congressman Rudolph Kleberg

Rudolph Kleberg (June 26, 1847 – December 28, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Texas, great uncle of Robert Christian Eckhardt and uncle of Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Sr.

Early life and education

Born in Cat Spring, Texas, Kleberg was instructed by private tutors. He was graduated from Concrete College, De Witt County, in 1868. He enlisted in Tom Green's brigade of Cavalry in the Confederate States Army in the spring of 1864 and served until the close of the Civil War.

Post-war studies

He studied law in San Antonio, Texas. He was admitted to the bar in 1872.


Kleberg commenced practice in Cuero, Texas. The next year, he founded the Cuero Star in 1873. After a few years of practice, Kleberg was appointed as prosecuting attorney of De Witt County 1876-1890.

Entering electoral politics, he served as a member of the State senate 1882-1886. In 1885, he was appointed as United States attorney for the western district of Texas.

Kleberg was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William H. Crain. He was reelected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from April 7, 1896, to March 3, 1903.

He was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1902. Resuming the practice of law, he moved with his family to Austin, Texas, in 1905. There he was appointed as the official reporter for the court of criminal appeals February 24, 1905.

He served until his death in Austin, December 28, 1924. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Congressman Rudolph Kleberg's Timeline

June 26, 1847
Cat Spring, Austin County, Texas, USA
Age 33
December 28, 1924
Age 77
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
December 1924
Age 77
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA