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William Fadjo CRAVENS

(1899-1974)

CRAVENS, William Fadjo, (son of William Ben Cravens), a Representative from Arkansas; born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., February 15, 1899; attended the public schools, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., and was graduated from the law school of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1920; was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice at Fort Smith, Ark.; during the First World War served as a seaman in the United States Navy; city attorney of Fort Smith, Ark., for ten years; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress, by special election, September 12, 1939, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, William Ben Cravens; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from September 12, 1939, to January 3, 1949; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; died in Fort Smith, Ark., April 16, 1974; interment in Forest Park.

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

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