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Terry McGovern CARPENTER

(1900-1978)

CARPENTER, Terry McGovern, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, March 28, 1900; attended the public schools of Cedar Rapids; moved to Scottsbluff, Nebr., in 1916 and was employed in various positions with a railroad company; was engaged in the wholesale candy and tobacco business in 1922 and 1923; moved to Long Beach, Calif., in 1923 and was employed as manager of the municipal gas and water department; returned to Scottsbluff, Nebr., in 1927 and worked in the garage business and the retail coal business; unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 1931; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor in 1934, for election to the United States Senate in 1936, for election for Lieutenant Governor in 1938, for election for Governor in 1940, for nomination to the United States Senate in 1942, for election to the United States Senate in 1948, for nomination for Governor in 1950, for nomination to the United States Senate in 1954, for nomination for Governor in 1960, for nomination to the United States Senate in 1972, and for Lieutenant Governor in 1974; major, United States Air Corps, 1942-1945; changed political affiliation five times; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1956; served in the State legislature in 1953, 1957-1959, 1963-1974; engaged in operating Terry Carpenter, Inc., in Terrytown, Nebr.; resided in Scottsbluff, Nebr., where he died April 27, 1978; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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