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Samuel Harrison COON

(1903-1980)

COON, Samuel Harrison, a Representative from Oregon; born in Boise, Ada County, Idaho, April 15, 1903; attended public schools in Cambridge and Boise, Idaho; graduated from the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1925; worked as a wool grader, bank clerk, foreman of a sheep ranch, and as office manager for a mining concern; owned and operated a cattle ranch near Keating, Baker County, Oreg., 1929-1950; supervisor Keating Soil Conservation District, 1941-1945; engaged in the real estate business in 1951 and 1952; served in the senate of the Oregon legislature in 1951 and 1952; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and Eighty-fourth Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1957); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; served as Deputy Director for the International Cooperation Administration in Lima, Peru, from February 26, 1957, to March 20, 1959; resided in Laguna Hills, Calif., until his death there on May 8, 1980; cremated and ashes scattered at sea.

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

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