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LeRoy Hagen ANDERSON

(1906-1991)

ANDERSON, LeRoy Hagen, a Representative from Montana; born in Ellendale, Dickey County, N.Dak., February 2, 1906; moved with his parents to Conrad, Mont., in 1909; Montana State College at Bozeman, B.S. 1927; postgraduate work in mathematics and physical chemistry in 1935-1938 at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena; wheat and cattle rancher; during the Second World War served as commander of armored task force in the European Theater of Operations in combat from Normandy to the Elbe River; separated from the service as a lieutenant colonel in 1945; awarded Silver Star Medal and Croix de Guerre Medal with Palm; major general in Army Reserve, commanding the Ninety-sixth Infantry Division Reserve 1948-1962; member of the State house of representatives in 1947 and 1948 and the State senate 1949-1956, serving as Democratic floor leader 1954-1956; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1961); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960 but was unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed engineering pursuits; member, Montana State senate, 1966-1970; was a resident of Conrad, Mont., until his death there on September 25, 1991.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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