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GOSSETT, Ed Lee, A Representative from Texas; born in a sawmill camp known as Yellow Pine, near Many, Sabine Parish, La., January 27, 1902; moved to Texas in 1908 with his parents, who settled on a farm near Henrietta, Clay County; attended the rural schools of Clay and Garza Counties, Tex.; University of Texas at Austin, A.B., 1924 and the law school of the same university, LL.B., 1927; was admitted to the bar the latter year and commenced practice in Vernon, Tex.; moved to Wichita Falls, Tex., in 1937 and continued the practice of law; served as district attorney of the forty-sixth judicial district 1933-1937; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation July 31, 1951; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 2 (Seventy-seventh through Seventy-ninth Congresses); resumed the practice of law and was general attorney for the Texas Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.; served as judge of Criminal District Court, Dallas, Tex., until his death on November 6, 1990.

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External Research Collections

Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials

Waco, TX
Papers: 1945-1951, 9 linear feet. The Ed Lee Gossett Papers in the Baylor Collections of Political Materials consist of correspondence, speeches, congressional documents, reports, publications, and newsclippings. The bulk of the material documents the years 1945-1951, Gossett's last three terms in Congress. Almost all of the material in the Gossett Papers is the product of his legislative interests and activities; there is virtually nothing about personal or other political matters. Indeed, perhaps the greatest research value of the Gossett Papers derives from the fact that the bulk of the material deals with two major issues confronting the post-World War II Congress in which Gossett played a major role: the problem of the displaced persons in post-war Europe and the Texas tidelands conflict. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: August 18, 1969. 22 pages.

University of North Texas
University Archives

Denton, TX
Oral History: 1969, 46 pages. A series of interviews were conducted with Ed Gossett in 1969 for the Texas Political History Oral History Project. The interviewer was Dr. H. W. Kamp, Professor of Government, North Texas State University. June 27, 1969 interview [14 leaves] -- August 1, 1969 interview [32 leaves] In the interview, Ed Gossett spoke concerning his experiences as an attorney, federal judge, and former U.S. Congressman from Wichita Falls, Texas from 1938-1951. Gossett also discusses his early law career, his unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 1936, his successful campaign for Congress in 1938 against ardent pro-New Dealer W. D. McFarlane, the New Deal, his personal political philosophy, congressional committees, the inner-workings of Congress, his views on immigration, and Franklin Roosevelt and Sam Rayburn.
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