Frank Carlson Library
Frank Carlson Library hosts memorabilia and artifacts from Carlson's influential political career.
In 1952, he convinced fellow Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president. According to Billy Graham's biography Just As I Am, Carlson invited Eisenhower to the Senate Prayer Breakfast, which thus became the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast, thereafter an annual assembly of all three branches of government, continuing to this day. Carlson was re-elected twice, in 1956 and 1962, before returning to Concordia for retirement.
Senator Carlson served a term as president of the United States Senate Prayer Breakfast Group. He was therein featured by U.S. News & World Report on July 1, 1968 by editor, David Lawrence, for his strong moral and spiritual influence in the nation's capital.
Born in 1893 near Concordia, he attended Concordia public schools and Kansas State University before serving in WWI as a Private. After the war, he returned to Concordia to farm. Carlson died in 1987 in Concordia and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
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