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Iris Faircloth BLITCH

(1912-1993)

BLITCH, Iris Faircloth, a Representative from Georgia; born in Toombs County, near Vidalia, Ga., April 25, 1912; attended the public schools of Vidalia, Douglas, Fitzgerald, and Homerville, Ga., and Hagerstown, Md.; student at the University of Georgia at Athens in 1929 and attended South Georgia College at Douglas in 1949; associated with husband in drug business, naval stores operations, and farming in Homerville, Ga.; elected to the State senate in 1946; elected to the State house of representatives in 1948 and defeated for reelection in 1950; again elected to the State senate in 1952 and served until December 31, 1954; Democratic national committeewoman for Georgia 1948-1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1963); was not a candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; was a resident of St. Simons Island, Ga; moved in 1988 to San Diego, Calif., where she died on August 19, 1993; interment in Pinelawn Cemetery, Homerville, Ga.

Bibliography

”Iris Faircloth Blitch” in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.

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

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