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Dayton Edward PHILLIPS

(1910-1980)

PHILLIPS, Dayton Edward, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Shell Creek, Carter County, Tenn., March 29, 1910; raised on a farm; attended the country school and Cloudland High School, Roan Mountain, Tenn., Milligan (Tenn.) College 1929-1931, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, LL.B., 1934; taught school in Carter County, Tenn., in 1931 and 1932; was graduated from the National University Law School, Washington, D.C., J.D., 1936; was admitted to the bar in 1935 and commenced practice in Elizabethton, Tenn.; attorney for Carter County 1938-1942; district attorney general, first judicial circuit of Tennessee, 1942-1947; during the Second World War served as an enlisted man in the United States Army, with overseas service in the European Theater of Operations, 1943-1945; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and Eighty-first Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1951); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1950; resumed the practice of law; chancellor of the First Chancery Court of Tennessee from 1952 until his death in Kingsport, Tenn., October 23, 1980; resided in Elizabethton, Tenn.; interment in Happy Valley Memorial Park.

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

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