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ADAIR, Edwin Ross

ADAIR, Edwin Ross
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


ADAIR, Edwin Ross, a Representative from Indiana; born in Albion, Noble County, Ind., December 14, 1907; attended grade and high schools in Albion, Ind.; was graduated from Hillsdale (Mich.) College, A.B., 1928, and from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., LL.B., 1933; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1933 and commenced the practice of law in Fort Wayne, Ind.; probate commissioner of Allen County, Ind., 1940-1950; during the Second World War was called to active duty as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps Reserve in September 1941 and served until October 1945; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1971); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress; ambassador to Ethiopia, 1971-1974; resumed the practice of law in Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he resided until his death there, May 5, 1983; interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Ft. Wayne.

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

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External Research Collections

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1950-1970, 173 linear feet. The papers of E. Ross Adair chiefly relate to his activities as a U.S. Representative, including Foreign Affairs Committee papers (1958-1970) relating to Vietnam, Cuba, NATO, U.S. policy towards Africa, and other foreign policy issues; Veterans' Affairs Committee papers (1960-1970), including papers and legislation on pensions, health programs, and other benefits; papers relating to federal projects in E. Ross Adair's congressional district, including defense contracts to local firms, air services to Fort Wayne and other cities, highway construction, flood control on the Maumee River, and the economic development of Fort Wayne; papers relating to E. Ross Adair's congressional trips to Inter-Parliamentary Union meetings in Europe (1959-1967), and trips to the Far East (1953-1955), Mideast (1966), Africa (1968), and Vietnam (1970); constituent requests for assistance and information; papers relating to E. Ross Adair's election campaigns (1950-1970); and newsletters, press releases, broadcasts, speeches, and other publicity items; together with papers relating to E. Ross Adair's association with Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Oral History: March-June 1971, September 1974, August 1977 (5 interviews). ca. 270 pages.
Papers: In the John V. Beamer Papers, 1918-1964, 15 boxes. Subjects include Edwin Ross Adair. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Ralph F. Gates papers, 1941-1975, 27 linear feet. Persons represented include E. Ross Adair.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: March 22, 1969. 29 pages. Description in library. Restricted.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn papers, ca. 1822-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include E. Ross Adair.
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