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William Neff PATMAN

(1927-2008)

PATMAN, William Neff, (son of John William Wright Patman), a Representative from Texas; born in Texarkana, Bowie County, Tex., March 26, 1927; attended the public schools of Texarkana and Washington, D.C.; graduated from Kemper Military School, Boonville, Mo., 1944; B.B.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1953, and LL.B., 1953; served in the United States Marine Corps, private first class, 1945-1946, and United States Air Force Reserve, captain, 1953-1966; diplomatic courier, United States Foreign Service, 1949-1950; admitted to the Texas bar in 1953 and was legal examiner, Texas Railroad Commission, 1953-1955; commenced the private practice of law in 1955; city attorney, Ganado, 1955-1960; served in the Texas senate, 1961-1980; delegate, Texas State Democratic conventions, 1960-1978; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and Ninety-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1985); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress; died on December 9, 2008, in Houston, Tex.

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

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