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William Courtland LANTAFF

(1913-1970)

LANTAFF, William Courtland, a Representative from Florida; born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., July 31, 1913; moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1921 and to Miami, Fla., in 1929; graduated from the University of Florida in 1935 and from its law school in 1936; was admitted to the bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law in Miami; Fla.; assistant city judge of Miami Beach in 1939 and 1940; inducted into the Federal service with Florida National Guard as a first lieutenant on January 6, 1941, serving as executive officer for the Military Intelligence Division, War Department General Staff; was discharged as a lieutenant colonel on November 15, 1945; again on active duty from September 15 to December 15, 1950; member of the State house of representatives 1947-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955); was not a candidate for renomination in 1954; delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1956 and 1960; resumed the practice of law; other business interests included banking and advertising; died in Miami, Fla., January 28, 1970; interment in Woodlawn Park Cemetery.

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

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