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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNorth Carolina

John Porter EAST

(1931-1986)
Senate Years of Service:
1981-1986
Party:
Republican

EAST, John Porter, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., May 5, 1931; attended the public schools; graduated, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., 1953; graduated, University of Illinois Law School, Urbana 1959; earned graduate degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1962 and 1964; served in the United States Marine Corps 1953-1955; admitted to the Florida bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Naples; professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., 1964-1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980 and served from January 3, 1981, until his death by suicide, June 29, 1986, in Greenville, N.C.; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Bibliography

East, John Porter. Council-Manager Government: The Political Thought of Its Founder, Richard S. Childs. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1965; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services for John P. East. 99th Cong., 2d sess., 1986. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1986.

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

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