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Frank Neville IKARD

(1913-1991)

IKARD, Frank Neville, a Representative from Texas; born in Henrietta, Clay County, Tex., January 30, 1913; attended the public schools and Schriener Institute, Kerrville, Tex.; University of Texas, A.B., 1936, and the law school, LL.B., 1937; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced the practice of law in Wichita Falls, Tex.; enlisted in the United States Army in January 1944 and served with Company K, One Hundred and Tenth Infantry, Twenty-eighth Division; prisoner of war in Germany in 1944 and 1945; awarded the Purple Heart Medal; judge of Thirtieth Judicial District Court of Wichita Falls, Tex.; chairman of Veterans Affairs Commission of Texas in 1948 and 1949; appointed by Gov. Beauford Jester in November 1948 judge of the Thirtieth District Court, subsequently elected in 1950, and served until September 8, 1951; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, and 1968; chairman, Texas State Democratic convention, 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ed Gossett; reelected to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from September 8, 1951, to December 15, 1961, when he resigned; executive vice president of American Petroleum Institute, 1962-1963, president, 1963-1980; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Washington until his death there on May 1, 1991.

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

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