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Bertrand Wesley GEARHART

(1890-1955)

GEARHART, Bertrand Wesley, a Representative from California; born in Fresno, Calif., May 31, 1890; attended the public schools; was graduated from Boones University School, Berkeley, Calif., in 1910 and from the law department of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 1914; was admitted to the California bar in 1913 and commenced practice in Fresno, Calif., in 1914; served overseas as a second lieutenant in the Six Hundred and Ninth Aero Squadron 1917-1919; assistant district attorney and district attorney of Fresno County, Calif., 1917-1923; served as a member of the board of directors of the California Veterans’ Home in 1932; delegate to the California Constitutional convention in 1933; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1949); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Fresno, Calif.; died in San Francisco, Calif., October 11, 1955; interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Calif.

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

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