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Ed Lee GOSSETT

(1902-1990)

GOSSETT, Ed Lee, a Representative from Texas; born in a sawmill camp known as Yellow Pine, near Many, Sabine Parish, La., January 27, 1902; moved to Texas in 1908 with his parents, who settled on a farm near Henrietta, Clay County; attended the rural schools of Clay and Garza Counties, Tex.; University of Texas at Austin, A.B., 1924 and the law school of the same university, LL.B., 1927; was admitted to the bar the latter year and commenced practice in Vernon, Tex.; moved to Wichita Falls, Tex., in 1937 and continued the practice of law; served as district attorney of the forty-sixth judicial district 1933-1937; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation July 31, 1951; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 2 (Seventy-seventh through Seventy-ninth Congresses); resumed the practice of law and was general attorney for the Texas Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.; served as judge of Criminal District Court, Dallas, Tex., until his death on November 6, 1990.

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

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