COOLEY, Harold Dunbar

COOLEY, Harold Dunbar
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1897–1974

Biography

COOLEY, Harold Dunbar, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Nashville, Nash County, N.C., July 26, 1897; attended the public schools; attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.; graduated from Yale University Law School, New Haven, Conn.; lawyer, private practice; United States Naval Aviation Flying Corps, 1918; delegate, Interparliamentary Conferences held at Cairo, Egypt, 1947 and at Rome, Italy, 1948 and served as president of the American group for two four-year terms; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Edward W. Pou; reelected to the sixteen succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation on December 30, 1966 (July 7, 1934-December 30, 1966); chair, Committee on Agriculture (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; died on January 15, 1974, in Wilson, N.C.; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, N.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1934-1971, 168 linear feet. Correspondence, office files, legislative and executive files, and other material of Harold Dunbar Cooley. Cooley's district encompassed, at one time or another, Chatham, Davidson, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Randolph, Vance, and Wake counties. Letters from constituents and material concerning agriculture make up the bulk of the collection, but there is also material concerning flood control on the Cape Fear, Neuse, and New Hope rivers, and rural mail delivery and post offices. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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