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Richard Fielding HARLESS

(1905-1970)

HARLESS, Richard Fielding, a Representative from Arizona; born in Kelsey, Upshur County, Tex., August 6, 1905; moved to Thatcher, Ariz., in 1917 and attended the grade and high schools; was graduated from University of Arizona at Tucson in 1928; taught school at Marana, Ariz., 1928-1930; was graduated from the law school of the University of Arizona in 1933; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Phoenix, Ariz.; assistant city attorney of Phoenix, Ariz., in 1935; assistant attorney general of Arizona in 1936; county attorney of Maricopa County, Ariz., 1938-1942; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1949); did not seek renomination in 1948 but was unsuccessful for the gubernatorial nomination; unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination in 1954 for the Eighty-fourth Congress; Democratic nominee in 1960 for the Eighty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Phoenix, Ariz., November 24, 1970; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park.

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

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