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Abraham Walter LAFFERTY

(1875-1964)

LAFFERTY, Abraham Walter, a Representative from Oregon; born near Farber, Audrain County, Mo., June 10, 1875; attended the public schools; studied law at the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1895 and 1896; was admitted to the bar the latter year and commenced practice in Montgomery City, Mo.; prosecuting attorney of Montgomery County, Mo., 1902-1904; appointed special agent of the United States General Land Office and moved to Portland, Oreg., March 1, 1905; resigned October 1, 1906, and engaged in the practice of law in Portland; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Portland; during the First World War served as major at the San Francisco training camp; moved to New York City in 1919 and continued the practice of law there until 1933, when he moved to Riverdale, Md.; returned to Portland, Oreg., and was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives as an Independent in 1950 and as a Republican in 1952, 1954, and 1956; was a resident of Portland, Oreg., until his death January 15, 1964; interment in Fairmount Cemetery, Middletown, Mo.

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

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