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Brazilla Carroll REECE

(1889-1961)

REECE, Brazilla Carroll, (husband of Louise G. Reece), a Representative from Tennessee; born on a farm near Butler, Johnson County, Tenn., December 22, 1889; attended the public schools, Watauga Academy, Carson-Newman College, New York University, and the University of London; assistant secretary and instructor in the New York University in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War enlisted in May 1917 and served with the American Expeditionary Forces from October 1917 to July 1919; was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm; director of the School of Business Administration of New York University in 1919 and 1920; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; elected to the Seventy-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948; lawyer, banker, and publisher; member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution in 1945 and 1946; chairman of the Republican National Committee 1946-1948; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1948; elected to the Eighty-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951, until his death in Bethesda, Md., March 19, 1961; chairman, Special Committee on Tax Exempt Foundations (Eighty-third Congress); interment in Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, Tenn.

Bibliography

Hicks, John H. “Congressional Career of B. Carroll Reece, 1920-1948.” Master’s thesis, East Tennessee State University, 1968.

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

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