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Robert Bruce (Bob) MATHIAS


MATHIAS, Robert Bruce (Bob), a Representative from California; born in Tulare, Tulare County, Calif., November 17, 1930; attended Tulare High School, Tulare, Calif.; graduated from Kiski Preparatory School, Saltsburg, Pa., 1949; B.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., 1953; United States Marine Corps, 1954-1956; United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1956-1965; member of United States Olympic Team in 1948 and 1952 winning the decathlon event both years; staff, Department of State for international promotion of American youth programs, 1955; served, at the request of the Department of State, as goodwill ambassador, promoter, and participator in educational youth programs; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; Deputy Director of Selective Service, 1975; worked with President Gerald R. Ford’s campaign committee, 1975; director, United States Olympic Training Center, 1977-1983; president, Bob Mathias, Inc.; died on September 2, 2006, in Fresno, Calif; interment in Tulare District Cemetery, Tulare, Calif.

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

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