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Edwin Ruthvin BETHUNE, Jr.

(1935- )

BETHUNE, Edwin Ruthvin, Jr., a Representative from Arkansas; born in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Ark., December 19, 1935; graduated from Pocahontas High School, Pocahontus, Ark., 1953; B.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 1961; J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 1963; admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1963 and commenced practice in Pocahontas; lawyer, private practice; admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1972; United States Marine Corps, sergeant, 1954-1957, with service in Korea; deputy prosecuting attorney, Randolph County, Ark., 1963-1964; special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1964-1968; prosecuting attorney, first judicial district of Arkansas, 1970-1971; chairman, Ninth District Federal Home Loan Bank Board, 1973-1976; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1985); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law; is a resident of West River, Md.

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

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