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Robert Fred ELLSWORTH

(1926- )

ELLSWORTH, Robert Fred, a Representative from Kansas; born in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kans., June 11, 1926; attended the Lawrence, Kans., schools; graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Kansas in 1945 and received J.D. degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1949; served as an officer in the United States Navy 1944-1946, and again during the Korean War 1950-1953; teacher at the University of Kansas School of Business 1954-1955; admitted to the Kansas and Massachusetts bar in 1949 and commenced practice in Springfield, Mass.; assistant to vice chairman, Federal Maritime Board in 1953 and 1954; private law practice in Lawrence, Kans., 1955-1960; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate in 1966 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; National Political Director of the Presidential Campaign in 1968; special assistant to President Nixon, 1969; Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with rank of Ambassador, 1969-1971; general partner in Lazard Freres and Co. of New York City; Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), 1974-1975; nominated by President Ford to be Deputy Secretary of Defense and served in that capacity from December 1975 until January 1977; vice chairman of the council, 1977-1990, chairman, 1990-1996, vice president, 1996 to present, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, England; appointed to the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission, 2003 to present; is a resident of Comus, Md.

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

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