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Harold Hitz BURTON

(1888-1964)
Senate Years of Service:
1941-1945
Party:
Republican

BURTON, Harold Hitz, a Senator from Ohio; born in Jamaica Plain, Mass., June 22, 1888; attended the public schools; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1909, and from the law department of Harvard University in 1912; admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; assistant attorney for a power company in Salt Lake City, Utah 1914-1916 and attorney for a power company in Boise, Idaho 1916-1917; during the First World War served in the army as lieutenant, and later as captain, in 1917 and 1918; resumed the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1919; instructor in Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 1923-1925; member of the board of education of East Cleveland in 1928 and 1929; member, State house of representatives 1929; director of law of Cleveland 1929-1932; mayor of Cleveland 1935-1940; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1940 and served from January 3, 1941, until his resignation on September 30, 1945; associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1945 until his retirement October 13, 1958; was a resident of Cleveland, Ohio; died in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., October 28, 1964; cremated at Highland Park Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Hudon, Edward. The Occasional Papers of Mr. Justice Burton. Brunswick, Maine: Bowdoin College, 1969; U.S. Supreme Court. Proceedings of the Bar and Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States, May 24, 1965. Proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States May 24, 1965. In Memory of Harold H. Burton. Washington: 1965.

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

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