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Laurence CURTIS

(1893-1989)

CURTIS, Laurence, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 3, 1893; graduated from Groton School in 1912 and from Harvard University in 1916; served in the Foreign Diplomatic Service for one year; during the First World War entered the United States Navy and after a training crash, resulting in the loss of a leg, served out the rest of the war as a ground officer at Pensacola, Fla.; awarded Silver Star citation for war services; returned to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1921; admitted to the Massachusetts bar the same year and commenced practice in Boston; secretary to United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1921 and 1922; assistant United States attorney in Boston 1923-1925; member of Boston City Council 1930-1933; member of the State house of representatives 1933-1936; member of State senate 1936-1941; State treasurer in 1947 and 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention in 1960; past State Commander and National Senior Vice Commander of the Disabled American Veterans; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1963); was not a candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law; was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress, in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress, and for nomination in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident of Newton, Mass., until his death in Boston, Mass., on July 11, 1989.

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

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