Representative Richard Fielding HARLESS

YEARS 1905-1970
OFFICE Representative
STATE Arizona
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 78th (1943-1945), 79th (1945-1947), 80th (1947-1949)

Representative Richard Fielding HARLESS Biography

HARLESS, Richard Fielding, a Representative from Arizona; born in Kelsey, Upshur County, Tex., August 6, 1905; moved to Thatcher, Ariz., in 1917 and attended the grade and high schools; was graduated from University of Arizona at Tucson in 1928; taught school at Marana, Ariz., 1928-1930; was graduated from the law school of the University of Arizona in 1933; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Phoenix, Ariz.; assistant city attorney of Phoenix, Ariz., in 1935; assistant attorney general of Arizona in 1936; county attorney of Maricopa County, Ariz., 1938-1942; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1949); did not seek renomination in 1948 but was unsuccessful for the gubernatorial nomination; unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination in 1954 for the Eighty-fourth Congress; Democratic nominee in 1960 for the Eighty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Phoenix, Ariz., November 24, 1970; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Papers: 1932-1984, 8.5 linear feet. Correspondence, photographs and articles detailing Harless’s political career. The collection also includes personal material. University of California, Berkeley Bancroft Library Berkeley, CA Papers: In the Wendell M. Stanley papers, 1926-1972, 27.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Harless.


Richard Fielding HARLESS Committee Assignments

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