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Clyde Taylor ELLIS

(1908-1980)

ELLIS, Clyde Taylor, a Representative from Arkansas; born on a farm near Garfield, Benton County, Ark., December 21, 1908; attended the public schools of Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, B.S., and attended the school of law at the same university; attended George Washington University Law School and American University in Washington, D.C.; teacher in the rural schools at Garfield, Ark., in 1927 and 1928; superintendent of schools at Garfield, Ark., 1929-1934; was admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice at Bentonville, Ark.; served in the State house of representatives, 1933-1935; member of the State senate, 1935-1939; delegate, Democrat National Convention, 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1943); was not a candidate for reelection in 1942 but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; served as combat officer in the United States Navy, 1943-1945; general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Washington, D.C., from January 1943 until retirement in September 1967; appointed as special consultant to the Secretary of Agriculture, January 1968 to January 1969; special area development assistant to Senator John L. McClellan from February 1971 until 1977; returned to the staff of the Secretary of Agriculture and was employed there until his retirement in August 1979; resided in Chevy Chase, Md.; died in Washington, D.C., February 9, 1980; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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