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John Vernard DOWDY

(1912-1995)

DOWDY, John Vernard, a Representative from Texas; born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., February 11, 1912; graduated from high school in Henderson, Tex., 1928; attended the College of Marshall (now East Texas Baptist University), 1929-1931; private study of law; court reporter, 1931-1944; lawyer, private practice; district attorney, third judicial district of Texas, 1945-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Tom Pickett, and reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (September 23, 1952-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; died on April 12, 1995, in Athens, Tex.

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

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