FARNUM, Billie Sunday, (1916 - 1979)


FARNUM, Billie Sunday, a Representative from Michigan; born in Saginaw, Mich., April 11, 1916; raised in a farm community at Watrousville, Mich.; graduated from Vassar (Mich.) High School in 1933; continued education in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1935 and took special educational courses; was employed in the motorcar industry in Pontiac, Mich., 1936-1952; engaged in union activities ranging from shop steward to international representative for United Auto Workers-Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1942-1952; administrative aide to Senator Blair Moody, 1952-1954; assistant secretary of State of Michigan, 1955-1957; deputy secretary of State of Michigan, 1957-1960; auditor general of Michigan, 1961-1965; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1956, 1960, and 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1967); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; deputy chairman, Democratic National Committee, 1967-1968; member, Waterford Board of Education, 1969-1970; owned a financial and management consulting firm; elected secretary of the Michigan State senate in 1975 and served in that capacity until his death November 18, 1979, in Lansing, Mich.; entombment in Deepdale Memorial Park Mausoleum.