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Charles Orlando PORTER

(1919-2006)

PORTER, Charles Orlando, a Representative from Oregon; born in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oreg., April 4, 1919; moved to Eugene, Lane County, Oreg., in 1923 and attended the public schools; graduated from Harvard University in 1941 and from Harvard Law School in 1947; served with the United States Air Force from private to first lieutenant 1941-1945, with overseas service in Europe; major in the Air Force Reserve (retired); law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco in 1947 and 1948; was admitted to the bar in 1948; assistant to the director, American Bar Association’s Survey of the Legal Profession, Boston, Mass., 1948-1951; practiced law in Eugene, Oreg., 1951-1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-seventh Congress in 1960; resumed the practice of law; consultant, Food for Peace, The White House, 1961; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1980; died on January 1, 2006, in Eugene, Oreg.

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

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