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Representative from Texas; born in Henrietta, Clay County, Texas, January 30, 1913; attended the public schools and Schriener Institute, Kerrville, Texas.; University of Texas, A.B., 1936, and the law school, LL.B., 1937; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced the practice of law in Wichita Falls, Tex.; enlisted in the United States Army in January 1944 and served with Company K, One Hundred and Tenth Infantry, Twenty-eighth Division; prisoner of war in Germany in 1944 and 1945; awarded the Purple Heart Medal; judge of Thirtieth Judicial District Court of Wichita Falls, Tex.; chairman of Veterans Affairs Commission of Texas in 1948 and 1949; appointed by Gov. Beauford Jester in November 1948 judge of the Thirtieth District Court, subsequently elected in 1950, and served until September 8, 1951; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, and 1968; chairman, Texas State Democratic convention, 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ed Gossett; reelected to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from September 8, 1951, to December 15, 1961, when he resigned; executive vice president of American Petroleum Institute, 1962-1963, president, 1963-1980; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Washington until his death there on May 1, 1991. He is buried in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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