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Ralph Hunter DAUGHTON

(1885-1958)

DAUGHTON, Ralph Hunter, a Representative from Virginia; born in Washington, D.C., September 23, 1885; attended public and private schools in Washington, D.C., and Prince Georges County, Md.; was graduated from the law department of National University, Washington, D.C., in 1905; was admitted to the bar in 1907 and practiced law in Washington, D.C., joined the investigative agency of the Department of Justice, which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1910; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1912, and served as chief of the F.B.I. for Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and part of Maryland until after the First World War; commenced the private practice of law in Norfolk, Va.; served in the State house of delegates 1933-1940; member of the State senate 1940-1944; in 1938 was elected president of the Piedmont Baseball League and served for nine years; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Winder R. Harris and at the same time was elected to the Seventy-ninth Congress and served from November 7, 1944, to January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed the practice of law until his death; died in Norfolk, Va., December 22, 1958; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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

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