Representative Gordon Leo MCDONOUGH

YEARS 1895-1968
OFFICE Representative
STATE California
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 79th (1945-1947), 80th (1947-1949), 81st (1949-1951), 82nd (1951-1953), 83rd (1953-1955), 84th (1955-1957), 85th (1957-1959), 86th (1959-1961), 87th (1961-1963)

Representative Gordon Leo MCDONOUGH Biography

McDONOUGH, Gordon Leo, a Representative from California; born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., January 2, 1895; moved with his parents to Emporium, Cameron County, Pa., in 1898; attended the public schools; was graduated from the high school at Emporium, Pa.; engaged as an industrial chemist at Emporium, Pa., 1915-1918; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and resumed his former occupation 1918-1933; member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 1933-1944, serving as chairman for one year; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-ninth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1963); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; died in Bethesda, Md., June 25, 1968; interment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Los Angeles, Calif. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of Southern California Regional Cultural History Collection, Special Collections Department Los Angeles, CA Papers: 1920-1965, 105 linear feet. Personal and congressional papers, including photographs. Listing of headings used arranged alphabetically by HEADING with time period, box contents arrangement, related correspondance, related bill(s), subject(s), committee(s), box number(s), color dot marking, number of boxes. The collection consists of 16 subsections under chronological order. Index of sub-headings were made of Bills, Cases, Legislation, Miscellaneous, Roll Call & Subjects. Contents of related bill(s), subject(s), committee(s) were extracted from correspondence Also belonging to the collection is a filing cabinet containing 4 drawers, numbered 1 through 4. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Mitchell, Franklin D. “An Act of Presidential Indiscretion: Harry S. Truman, Congressman McDonough, and the Marine Corps Incident of 1950.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 11 (Fall 1981): 565-75.

Gordon Leo MCDONOUGH Committee Assignments

Congress divides legislative work into committees where bills usually originate. Committees are specialized by subject and hold hearings, prepare bills for the consideration of the entire House, and regulate House procedure.

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