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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesTennessee

Ross BASS

(1918-1993)
Senate Years of Service:
1964-1967
Party:
Democrat

BASS, Ross, a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born on a farm in Giles County, near Pulaski, Tenn., March 17, 1918; attended the public schools in Middle, Tenn.; graduated from Martin College, Pulaski, Tenn., 1941; served during the Second World War as a captain in the Air Corps; owner of a soft-drink bottling plant, florist and nurseryman 1946-1947; postmaster of Pulaski, Tenn., 1947-1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1955, until his resignation November 3, 1964; elected in a special election on November 3, 1964, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to complete the unexpired term caused by the death of Estes Kefauver and served from November 4, 1964, to January 2, 1967; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1966; owner of consulting firm in Washington, D.C.; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 1976; was a resident of Miami Shores, Fla., until his death, January 1, 1993; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn.

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

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