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Samuel Washington (Wat) ARNOLD

(1879-1961)

ARNOLD, Samuel Washington (Wat), a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Downing, Schuyler County, Mo., September 21, 1879; attended the Coffey, Mo., rural schools and was graduated from Kirksville (Mo.) State Teachers College in 1902; taught school in the Coffey, Mo., school district in 1896; superintendent of the public schools in Middletown, Mo., in 1901 and 1902 and in Atlanta, Mo., in 1903; employed in the St. Louis, Mo., internal revenue office in 1904; engaged in the retail lumber business at Atlanta, Mo., 1905-1908; moved to Kirksville, Mo., in 1908 and organized the Arnold Lumber Co.; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress, for election in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, and in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; retired from political and business activities in 1952; died in Kirksville, Mo., December 18, 1961; interment in Maple Hills Cemetery.

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

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