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William Doddridge McFARLANE

(1894-1980)

McFARLANE, William Doddridge, a Representative from Texas; born in Greenwood, Sebastian County, Ark., July 17, 1894; attended the public schools and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville 1909-1914; engaged in the mercantile business in Greenwood, Ark., 1914-1918; during the First World War was commissioned a second lieutenant in August 1918, and served until honorably discharged on December 13, 1918; returned to the University of Arkansas in 1919 and received his B.A. that year; Kent Law School, Chicago, Ill., LL.B., 1921, and J.D., 1969; was admitted to the bar in 1921 and commenced practice in Graham, Young County, Tex.; member of the State house of representatives, 1923-1927; served in the State senate, 1927-1931; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; special assistant to the attorney general at Texarkana, Tex., 1941-1944; director of the Surplus Property Smaller War Plants Corporation, Washington, D.C., from December 1944 to January 1946; special assistant to the Attorney General in Washington, D.C., January 1946 to July 1, 1951; unsuccessful candidate in 1951 to fill the vacancy in the Eighty-second Congress; with Lands Division, Justice Department, December 1, 1951, serving until retirement August 1, 1966; resumed the practice of law; resided in Graham, Tex., where he died February 18, 1980; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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