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William Townsend PHEIFFER

(1898-1986)

PHEIFFER, William Townsend, a Representative from New York; born in Purcell, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), July 15, 1898; attended the public schools of Purcell, Ardmore, and Oklahoma City, Okla., and the University of Southern California at Los Angeles; during the First World War served as a private in the Cavalry, United States Army, in 1918; was graduated from the law department of the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1919; was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced law in Sayre, Okla., 1923-1926; moved to Amarillo, Tex., in 1926 and continued the practice of law until 1939, when he moved to New York City; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1932 and to the Republican State conventions in 1936 and 1942; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; entered the United States Army as a captain of Cavalry and served from March 12, 1943, to April 22, 1944; appointed counsel for the Petroleum Administration for War, Washington, D.C., on August 1, 1944, and served until February 8, 1945, when he resumed the private practice of law; executive assistant to the chairman of the Republican National Committee 1945-1948; United States Ambassador to Dominican Republic 1953-1957; was a resident of New York City until his death there August 16, 1986.

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

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