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Thomas Bahnson STANLEY

(1890-1970)

STANLEY, Thomas Bahnson, a Representative from Virginia; born on a farm near Spencer, Henry County, Va., July 16, 1890; attended the local public schools and Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; engaged in furniture manufacturing since 1924; dairy farmer and livestock breeder; member of State house of delegates 1930-1946, serving as speaker 1942-1946; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas G. Burch and at the same time was elected to the Eightieth Congress; reelected to the Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-third Congresses, and served from November 5, 1946, until his resignation February 3, 1953, having entered the campaign for Governor; chairman, Committee on House Administration (Eighty-second Congress); elected Governor of Virginia for the term commencing January 1954 and ending January 1958; trustee of Randolph-Macon College; vice president and director of First National Bank, Bassett, Va.; chairman, Commission on State and Local Revenues and Expenditures (a tax study commission); resumed his business of furniture manufacturing; died in Martinsville, Va., July 10, 1970; interment in Roselawn Burial Park.

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

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