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Marion Tinsley BENNETT

(1914-2000)

BENNETT, Marion Tinsley, (son of Philip A. Bennett), a Representative from Missouri; born in Buffalo, Dallas County, Mo., June 6, 1914; attended the public schools of Buffalo, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo.; Southwest Missouri State College at Springfield, A.B., 1935 and Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo., J.D., 1938; was admitted to the bar in 1938 and commenced practice in Springfield, Mo.; served as secretary to his father, Congressman Philip A. Bennett, 1941-1943; colonel in United States Air Force Reserve until 1974; member of the Greene County (Mo.) Republican central committee 1938-1942; delegate to Missouri State Conventions, 1938, 1940, 1944, 1946, and 1948; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father; reelected to the Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Congresses and served from January 12, 1943, to January 3, 1949; congressional delegate to inspect atrocity camps in Germany, 1945; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; commissioner, United States Court of Claims, Washington, D.C., January 4, 1949, to September 11, 1964, when he became chief commissioner and served until July 7, 1972; judge, U.S. Court of Claims, 1972-1982; judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal circuit, 1982; senior U.S. Circuit judge, 1986-1987; died in Alexandria, Va., on September 6, 2000; interment at Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.

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

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