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Burton L. French

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Burton French

Burton Lee French (* August 1, 1875 near Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana; † September 12, 1954 in Hamilton, Ohio) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1933 he represented the state of Idaho in the U.S. House of Representatives several times.

Early years

In 1880 Burton French moved with his parents to Kearney, Nebraska, and two years later to Idaho Territory. There he attended the public schools and then the University of Idaho until 1901. Between 1901 and 1903 he studied at the University of Chicago. After subsequently studying law and being admitted to the bar, he began working in Moscow in his new profession.

Political career

Burton French’s political career began while he was still a student. He became a member of the Republican Party. Between 1898 and 1902 he was a representative in the Idaho House of Representatives. In the congressional elections of 1902 French was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he replaced Thomas L. Glenn on March 4, 1903. After he was re-elected in both 1904 and 1906, he was able to hold his seat in Congress until March 3, 1909. In the elections of the year 1908 his seat went to Thomas Ray Hamer.

Two years later, in 1910, Burton then made it back to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he served two more terms between March 4, 1911, and March 3, 1915. In 1914, Burton did not run for re-election; instead, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination for the U.S. Senate within his party. In 1916, he returned to the U.S. House of Representatives after winning election. After the corresponding re-elections there followed a total of eight consecutive legislative terms until March 3, 1933; during this time he was, among other things, chairman of the Committee on Memorials. In 1930 and 1931, French was an American delegate to international conferences in London and Bucharest.

Further curriculum vitae

In 1932 and 1934, French ran unsuccessfully for retention and return to Congress, respectively. He then became a professor of government at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He held this teaching post from 1935 to 1947. In 1947 French was appointed by President Harry S. Truman to the Federal Loyalty Review Board. He remained a member of this board until 1953. Burton French died in Ohio in September 1954 and was buried in Moscow.

Web links

  • Burton L. French in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)
  • Burton L. French in the database of Find a Grave (english)Template:Findagrave/Maintenance/Same identifiers in source text and Wikidata