BRAY, William Gilmer, (1903 - 1979)

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BRAY, William Gilmer, a Representative from Indiana; born on a farm near Mooresville, Morgan County, Ind., June 17, 1903; attended the public schools of Mooresville, Ind.; was graduated from Indiana University Law School at Bloomington in 1927 and was admitted to the bar the same year; prosecuting attorney of the fifteenth judicial district of Indiana, Martinsville, Ind., 1926-1930; commenced the private practice of law in Martinsville, Ind., in 1930; called from the Army Reserve June 21, 1941, with the rank of captain and served with a tank company throughout the Pacific campaign, receiving the Silver Star; after the war was transferred to Military Government and served nine months in Korea as deputy property custodian; released from active duty in November 1946 with the rank of colonel; returned to private law practice in Martinsville, Ind.; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; named to be a commissioner to the American Battle Monuments Commission by President Gerald Ford, 1975-1978; resided in Martinsville, Ind., where he died June 4, 1979; interment in White Lick Cemetery, Mooresville, Ind.


Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William G. Bray, Republican Representative from Indiana. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.