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William Wallace BLACKNEY

(1876-1963)

BLACKNEY, William Wallace, a Representative from Michigan; born in Clio, Genesee County, Mich., August 28, 1876; attended the public schools, Olivet College, Olivet, Mich., and Ferris School, Big Rapids, Mich.; moved to Flint, Mich., in 1904; served as county clerk of Genesee County 1905-1912; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1912; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Flint, Mich.; served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Genesee County 1913-1917; member of the Flint School Board 1924-1934; member of the Republican State central committee 1925-1930; instructor in the General Motors Co. technical night school for sixteen years; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; elected to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; retired to Flint, Mich., until his death there March 14, 1963; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clio, Mich.

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

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