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Thomas Hale BOGGS, Sr.

(1914-1972)

BOGGS, Thomas Hale, Sr., (husband of Corinne Claiborne Boggs), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Long Beach, Harrison County, Miss., February 15, 1914; attended the public and parochial schools of Jefferson Parish, La.; was graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, La., in 1935 and from the law department of the same university in 1937; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced practice in New Orleans, La.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942; resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, La.; enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in November 1943; was commissioned an ensign and attached to the Potomac River Naval Command and the United States Maritime Service until separated in January 1946; again elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses; chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-second Congress); majority whip (Eighty-seventh through Ninety-first Congresses), majority leader (Ninety-second Congress); disappeared while on a campaign flight from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska, October 16, 1972; served from January 3, 1947, until January 3, 1973, when he was presumed dead pursuant to House Resolution 1, Ninety-third Congress.

Bibliography

Balias, Scott E. ‘’The Courage of His Convictions: Hale Boggs and Civil Rights.” Ph.D. diss., Tulane University, 1993; Kirn, Dorothy Nelson. ”Hale Boggs: A Southern Spokesman for the Democratic Party.” Ph.D. diss., Louisiana State University, 1980.

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

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