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STRINGFELLOW, Douglas R., a Representative from Utah; born in Draper, Utah, September 24, 1922; attended the public schools; moved to Odgen, Utah, in 1935 and graduated from high school in 1941; attended Weber College in 1941 and 1942, Ohio State University in 1943, and the University of Cincinnati in 1943 and 1944; entered the military service on November 4, 1942; separated as a private, first class, on November 8, 1945; awarded the Purple Heart Medal; State chairman of the Young Republican League in 1946; served a Latter Day Saint's Mission in Northern California in 1947 and 1948; announcer and executive for radio station 1949-1952; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third Congress (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1955); renominated in 1954 but withdrew and was not a candidate for reelection to the Eighty-fourth Congress; engaged as a newscaster, Mutual Broadcasting System, Intermountain Network; died in Long Beach, Calif., October 19, 1966; interment in Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, Ogden, Utah.

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

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External Research Collections

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library

Provo, UT
Papers: ca. 1951-1972, 5 linear inches. The papers include a typed autobiography, newspaper clippings, letters received, typed copies of speeches, and newsletters entitled: "Day to Day with Doug." The materials deal with his motivational speeches before he was a congressman and his congressional career. The autobiography is an attempt by Douglas R. Stringfellow to correct his war experiences and his various activities after he realized he had lied.
Papers: 1952, 1 item. A typescript of a speech taken from the included sound tapes. The speech was given at Brigham Young University on 22 May 1952. Douglas Stringfellow claims to have been captured and tortured by the Germans, that he escaped from the notorious Bergen Belsen prison camp, that he was beaten by a "suicide man," and that he was shot at by a machine gun after being wounded by a land mine.
Papers: In the Papers Relating to the War Record of Douglas R. Stringfellow, 1954, 18 items. These newspaper clippings and letters investigate the claims of the war record of Douglas R. Stringfellow.
Oral History: In the J. Bracken Lee and Margaret D. Lee Oral History Interview, 1979, 100 pages. Subjects include Douglas R. Stringfellow.

University of Utah
Manuscripts Division, Marriott Library

Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: N.d., 0.25 foot. The materials regarding Douglas Stringfellow and his fabricated story of special service behind German lines in World War II.
Papers: In the Wallace F. Bennett Papers, 1950-1983, 15 linear feet. Other authors include Douglas Stringfellow.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Jonas, Frank H. Story of a Political Hoax. Salt Lake City: Institute of Government, University of Utah, 1966.

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