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Kenneth Allison ROBERTS

(1912-1989)

ROBERTS, Kenneth Allison, a Representative from Alabama; born in Piedmont, Calhoun County, Ala., November 1, 1912; attended the public schools and Samford College, Birmingham, Ala.; was graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1935; was admitted to the bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law in Anniston, Ala.; practiced law in Talladega 1937-1942; elected to the State senate in 1942, but resigned the same year to enter the United States Navy and served until discharged as a lieutenant in 1945 with service in both Atlantic and Pacific Theaters; president, Piedmont Development Co., 1945-1950; member of Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs and city attorney of Piedmont, Ala., 1948-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1979; counsel, Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission, 1965-1972; member, National Highway Safety Advisory Committee, 1966-1970; was a resident of Anniston, Ala., until his death in Potomac, Md., on May 9, 1989; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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