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Wayne Richard GRISHAM

(1923-2011)

GRISHAM, Wayne Richard, a Representative from California; born in Lamar, Prowers County, Colo., January 10, 1923; graduated from Jordan High School, Long Beach, Calif., 1940; A.A., Long Beach City College, Long Beach, Calif., 1947; B.A., Whittier College, Whittier, Calif., 1949; graduate work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1950-1951; United States Army Air Corps, fighter pilot in the European Theater, 1942-1946; shot down and was a prisoner of war; teacher; businessman; president, Wayne Grisham Realty, 1958-1978; chairman, board of directors, First Mutual Mortgage Co., 1974-1978; member of La Mirada City Council, 1970-1978; mayor of La Mirada, Calif., 1973-1974 and 1977-1978; delegate, California League of Cities and National League of Cities, 1970-1978; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1983); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; director of the Peace Corps in Nairobi, Kenya, 1983; member of the California state assembly, 1985-1988; died on January 19, 2011, in La Mirada, Calif.

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

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