ECTON, Zales Nelson, (1898 - 1961)

Senate Years of Service: 1947-1953
Party: Republican


Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

ECTON, Zales Nelson, a Senator from Montana; born in Weldon, Decatur County, Iowa, April 1, 1898; moved to Gallatin County, Mont., in 1907; attended the public schools of Gallatin County, Montana State College at Bozeman, and the University of Chicago Law School; rancher with interests in grain and livestock 1921-1946; member, State house of representatives 1933-1937; member, State senate 1937-1946; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1946, and served from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1953; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952; resumed ranching activities; died at Bozeman, Mont., March 3, 1961; interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.