DUNCAN, Robert Blackford, (1920 - 2011)


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DUNCAN, Robert Blackford, a Representative from Oregon; born in Normal, McLean County, Ill., December 4, 1920; was raised in Bloomington, Ill., and attended public schools there; attended University of Alaska, College, Alaska, 1939-1940; B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill., 1942; took University of California correspondence courses in 1940; LL.B., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1948; United States Merchant Marine; United States Naval Air Force, 1942-1945; United States Naval Reserve; worked in the placer gold fields of Alaska, with a seed corn company in Illinois, and with a bank in Chicago; was admitted to the bar in October 1948; lawyer, private practice; nominated in 1954 as a write-in candidate for the Oregon state legislature, but declined for business reasons; elected to the Oregon state house of representatives,1956-1962; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the Eighty-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1968 and 1972; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth, Ninety-fifth, and Ninety-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; Northwest Power Planning Council, 1984-1988, and served as chairman in 1987; died on April 29, 2011.