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Ross RIZLEY

(1892-1969)

RIZLEY, Ross, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Beaver, Okla., July 5, 1892; attended the public schools; taught in the rural schools of Beaver County, Okla., in 1909 and 1910; served as a deputy register of deeds of Beaver County, Okla., in 1911 and 1912; was graduated from the law department of the University of Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo., in 1915; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Beaver, Okla.; elected county attorney of Beaver County in 1918 and served until 1920, when he resigned and moved to Guymon, Texas County, Okla., and resumed the practice of law; member of the Guymon Board of Education 1924-1932; city attorney of Guymon 1928-1938; member of the State senate 1931-1934; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor of Oklahoma in 1938; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1949); chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eightieth Congress); delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1932, 1936, and 1948; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948 but was unsuccessful for election to the United States Senate; solicitor for the Post Office Department, Washington, D.C., from March to December 1953; Assistant Secretary of Agriculture from December 1953 until his resignation December 16, 1954; member of the Civil Aeronautics Board from February 25, 1955, until April 15, 1956, when he resigned; judge of the United States District Court for the western district of Oklahoma from 1956 until his death in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 4, 1969; interment in Elmhurst Cemetery, Guymon, Okla.

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

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