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Edward John GURNEY

(1914-1996)
Senate Years of Service:
1969-1974
Party:
Republican

GURNEY, Edward John, a Representative and a Senator from Florida; born in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, January 12, 1914; attended the public schools of Skowhegan and Waterville, Maine; graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine 1935; received law degrees from the Harvard Law School 1938 and from Duke Law School, Durham, N.C., 1948; admitted to the New York bar in 1939; practiced law in New York City 1938-1941; during the Second World War enlisted as a private in the United States Army in 1941, saw action in the European Theater, and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel in 1946; moved to Winter Park, Fla., in 1948 and practiced law; city commissioner of Winter Park 1952-1958; city attorney of Maitland, Fla., 1957-1961; mayor of Winter Park 1961-1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1969); was not a candidate for reelection; elected in 1968 to the United States Senate, and served from January 3, 1969, until his resignation December 31, 1974; was not a candidate for reelection in 1974; was a resident of Winter Park, Fla., until his death on May 14, 1996; remains were cremated.

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

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