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Abe McGregor GOFF

(1899-1984)

GOFF, Abe McGregor, a Representative from Idaho; born in Colfax, Whitman County, Wash., December 21, 1899; attended the public schools; during the First World War served as a private in the United States Army; was graduated from the College of Law of the University of Idaho in 1924; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Moscow, Idaho; prosecuting attorney of Latah County, Idaho, 1926-1934; special lecturer at the University of Idaho Law School 1933-1941; president, Idaho State Bar Association, 1940; member of the State senate in 1941; called to active duty from the Reserves as a major in August 1941 and served until his discharge as a colonel in September 1946; was decorated with the Legion of Merit; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; solicitor and later general counsel, Post Office Department, 1954-1958; appointed a commissioner of the Interstate Commerce Commission January 30, 1958; reappointed in 1959 for term ending December 31, 1966, and continued to serve until July 31, 1967, when he retired; engaged as a writer and lecturer; was a resident of Moscow, Idaho, until his death there November 23, 1984; cremated and the ashes interred in Moscow Cemetery.

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

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