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Paul Gerhart HATFIELD

(1928-2000)
Senate Years of Service:
1978-1978
Party:
Democrat

HATFIELD, Paul Gerhart, a Senator from Montana; born in Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., April 29, 1928; educated in the public schools; attended College of Great Falls 1947-1950; served in the United States Army 1951-1953; graduated, University of Montana Law School, Missoula, 1955; admitted to the Montana bar in 1955 and commenced practice in Great Falls; chief deputy county attorney, Cascade County 1959-1960; judge of the eighth judicial district 1961-1976; chief justice, Montana supreme court 1977-1978; appointed on January 22, 1978, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lee Metcalf for the term ending January 3, 1979, and served from January 22, 1978, until his resignation December 14, 1978; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1978 to a six-year term; United States federal judge for the District of Montana; was a resident of Great Falls, Mont., until his death on July 3, 2000; interment in Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane, Washington.

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

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