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DOUGLAS, Lewis Williams, a Representative from Arizona; born in Bisbee, Cochise County,
Ariz., July 2, 1894; attended the public schools and Montclair (N.J.) Academy;
was graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1916; attended the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1916; commissioned as a second lieutenant on August
15, 1917, and assigned to the Three Hundred and Forty-seventh Regiment, Field
Artillery; promoted to first lieutenant and served overseas as assistant, G-3
staff, Ninety-first Division, until discharged on February 18, 1919; instructor
of history at Amherst College in 1920; engaged in mining and general business;
member of the Arizona State house of representatives 1923-1925; elected as a
Democrat to the Seventieth Congress; reelected to the three succeeding
Congresses and served from March 4, 1927, until his resignation March 4, 1933,
before the commencement of the Seventy-third Congress; appointed Director of
the Budget by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; took the oath of office on March
7, 1933, and served until August 31, 1934, when he resigned; vice president and
member of the board of a chemical company 1934-1938; principal and vice
chancellor of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from January 1938 to
December 1939; president of an insurance company from 1940-1947, and chairman
of the board on leave of absence, 1947-1959; deputy administrator of the War
Shipping Administration from May 1942 to March 1944; United States Ambassador
to Great Britain 1947-1950; director, General Motors Corporation, 1944-1965;
chairman and director, Southern Arizona Bank & Trust Company, 1949-1966;
appointed by the President to head Government Study of Foreign Economic
Problems, 1953; member, Presidents Task Force on American Indians, 1966-1967;
died in Tucson, Ariz., March 7, 1974; cremated.
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Independent; A Biography of Lewis W. Douglas. New York: Alfred
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Colorado River Controversy.
Arizona and the West 22 (Summer 1980): 125-62.