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Scott LEAVITT

(1879-1966)

LEAVITT, Scott, a Representative from Montana; born in Elk Rapids, Antrim County, Mich., June 16, 1879; moved with his father to Bellaire, Mich., in 1881; attended the public schools; while in high school enlisted in the Thirty-third Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War, and served in the campaign at Santiago, Cuba; attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; moved to Oregon in 1901 and took up a homestead in the Coast Range Mountains near Falls City; school principal in Falls City, North Yamhill, Dayton, and Lakeview, Oreg., 1901-1907; entered the Forest Service as a ranger at Fremont National Forest in Oregon in 1907 and served in Minnesota and Montana until 1917; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1933); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the United States Senate; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932; again became connected with the Forest Service at Milwaukee, Wis., in 1935; commander-in-chief of the United Spanish War Veterans 1936-1937; retired from the Forest Service in 1941 and moved to Newberg, Oreg., where he died October 19, 1966; interment in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oreg.

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

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