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John Otho MARSH, Jr.

(1926- )

MARSH, John Otho, Jr., a Representative from Virginia; born in Winchester, Frederick County, Va., August 7, 1926; attended the public schools of Harrisonburg, Va.; served in the United States Army, 1944-1947; commissioned a lieutenant at age nineteen, and was with occupation forces in Germany; officer, Virginia National Guard, 1951-1976; LL.B., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1951; was admitted to the bar and began law practice in Strasburg, Va., 1952; member, Shenandoah County (Va.) School Board, 1958-1960; attorney for town of New Market, Va., 1954-1962; town judge of Strasburg, Va., 1954-1962; delegate, Democratic State conventions, 1964, 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1971); served annual National Guard active duty tour in South Vietnam, 1966-1967; was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-second Congress in 1970; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, 1973-1974; Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, January 1974-August 1974; Counsellor to President Gerald Ford, 1974-1977; returned to private practice of law, 1977-1981; Secretary of the Army, 1981-1989; is a resident of Shenandoah County, Va.

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

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