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Maurice Gwinn BURNSIDE

(1902-1991)

BURNSIDE, Maurice Gwinn, a Representative from West Virginia; born near Columbia, Richland County, S.C., August 23, 1902; attended the public schools of South Carolina; attended The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., 1920-1922; graduated from Furman University Law School, Greenville, S.C., 1926; M.A., University of Texas, Austin, Tex., 1928; Ph.D., Duke University, Durham, N.C., 1937; instructor, Greenville High School, Greenville, S.C., 1931-1932; staff, Duke University Library, Durham, N.C., 1933-1935; instructor, Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), Auburn, Ala., 1936-1937; professor, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va., 1937-1948; member, Parole and Probation Examination Board of West Virginia, 1939-1941; chairman of Workers Education for West Virginia, 1942-1945; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-third Congress in 1952; branch chief, National Security Agency, Washington, D.C., 1953; elected to the Eighty-fourth Congress (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1957); unsuccessful candidate for election to the Eighty-fifth Congress in 1956; business executive; public advocate; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1960; legislative liaison, Department of Defense, 1961-1968; author; died on February 2, 1991, in Wilson, N.C.; remains were cremated.

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

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