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Thomas Nelms DOWNING

(1919-2001)

DOWNING, Thomas Nelms, a Representative from Virginia; born in Newport News, York County, Va., February 1, 1919; attended Newport News High School, Newport News, Va.; graduated from Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., 1940; graduated from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va, 1948; lawyer, private practice; United States Army, 1942-1946; substitute judge of the municipal court of Warwick, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1977); chairman, Select Committee on Assassinations (Ninety-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976; died on October 23, 2001, in Newport News, Va.; interment in Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery, Newport News, Va.

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

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