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Ralph R. HARDING

(1929-2006)

HARDING, Ralph R., a Representative from Idaho; born in Malad City, Oneida County, Idaho, September 9, 1929; attended the public schools of Malad City and St. Antony, Idaho; served two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints; graduated from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1956; United States Army, 1951-1953, commissioned a lieutenant in December 1952, served in Korea; member of Idaho state house of representatives, 1955 and 1956; comptroller, American Potato Co., Blackfoot, Idaho, 1957-1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh and Eighty-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964; served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, 1965-1966; unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate from Idaho in 1966; resumed business pursuits; elected Democratic National committeeman from Idaho, 1970; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; divisional vice president, E.F. Hutton Financial Services, 1979-1981; advisor and consultant to the Philippine sugar industry, 1982-1988; died on October 26, 2006, in Blackfoot, Idaho; interment in Malad City Cemetery, Malad, Idaho.

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

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