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Charles Bruce BROWNSON

(1914-1988)

BROWNSON, Charles Bruce, a Representative from Indiana; born in Jackson, Mich., February 5, 1914; moved with his parents to Flint, Mich., in 1916; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1935; entered Infantry Reserve training in 1935; moved to Indianapolis, Ind., in October 1936 and established the Central Wallpaper & Paint Corp.; entered on active duty as first lieutenant Infantry Reserve, February 10, 1941; served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Eighty-third Infantry Division, in 1943; executive officer to Assistant Chief of Staff G-1, First Army, during invasion planning in England and combat in Europe until V-E Day; transferred with First Army Planning Headquarters to Canlubang, Philippine Islands, August 5, 1945; released from active duty February 27, 1946, as lieutenant colonel, Army Reserve, and retired as colonel in 1974; Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and French Medaille de Reconnaissance; chairman Marion County Juvenile Court Advisory Council in 1948 and 1949; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; assistant administrator for public affairs and congressional liaison, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, D.C., 1959-1964; editor and publisher of Congressional Staff Directory; engaged in public relations in Washington, D.C., 1961-1985; was a resident of Coral Gables, Fla., and Mount Vernon, Va., until his death in Alexandria, Va., on August 4, 1988; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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