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William Alexander EKWALL

(1887-1956)

EKWALL, William Alexander, a Representative from Oregon; born in Ludington, Mason County, Mich., June 14, 1887; moved to Klamathon, Calif., with his parents in 1893, and to Portland, Oreg., in 1906; attended the public schools; was graduated in 1912 from the Oregon Law School at Portland; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Portland, Oreg.; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a private in the Infantry, Central Officers Training School, in 1918; municipal judge of Portland 1922-1927; judge of the circuit court, fourth judicial district (Multnomah County), department 8, from 1927 until elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law at Portland, Oreg., 1937-1942; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1940; appointed judge of the United States Customs Court, New York City on February 13, 1942, and served until his death in Portland, Oreg., October 16, 1956; interment in Portland Memorial Cemetery.

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

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