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J. T. RUTHERFORD

(1921-2006)

RUTHERFORD, J. T., a Representative from Texas; born in Hot Springs, Ark., May 30, 1921; moved to Odessa, Tex., in 1934 and attended the public schools; served as an enlisted man in the United States Marine Corps 1942-1946 with twenty-eight months overseas; awarded the Purple Heart Medal; retired as a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve; student at San Angelo (Tex.) College in 1946 and 1947 and Sul Ross State College, Alpine, Tex., in 1947 and 1948; attended Baylor University Law School, Waco, Tex., 1948-1950; partner in industrial electrical construction firm and owner of advertising company; served in the State house of representatives 1948-1952; member of the State senate 1952-1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth, and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1963); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; consultant; died on November 6, 2006, in Arlington, Va.

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

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