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Thomas B. Curtis

Thomas Bradford Curtis (May 14, 1911 - January 10, 1993) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Curtis attended the public schools of Webster Groves, Missouri. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, earning an A.B. in 1932. He was admitted to the bar in 1934 and commenced the practice of law in St. Louis. He received an LL.B. degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1935. He received an M.A. from Dartmouth in 1951, and a J.D. from Westminster CollegeTemplate:Dn in 1964.

He served as member of the Board of Election Commissioners of St. Louis County in 1942. He served in the United States Navy from April 8, 1942, until discharged as a lieutenant commander December 21, 1945. He served as member of the Missouri State Board of Law Examiners 1947-1950.

Curtis was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1969). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the House of Representatives but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate, losing to Democrat Thomas Eagleton by a 51% to 49% margin.

Mr. Curtis was a noted economist, considered by most Republicans and some Democrats to be the most knowledgeable and insightful economist in Washington during his tenure as a Member of Congress. He predicted the massive inflation that would become reality during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, and generally foresaw the pattern of change in U.S. balance of payments that actually occurred.

At the time of his unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate vs. Thomas Eagleton, Mr. Curtis was ranking Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Against the recommendations of his political staff, Mr. Curtis spent his week days in Washington on the job, campaigning only on the weekends, while Eagleton campaigned virtually every day. Mr. Curtis argued that his place was in Washington, doing his job as a Congressman.

He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1964, 1976 and 1980. He served as vice president and general counsel, Encyclopædia Britannica, from 1969 to 1973. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1974, winning only 39% of the vote against incumbent Thomas Eagleton. He served as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 1972 to 1973. He served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission from April 1975 to May 1976. He was a consultant for the National Association of Technical and Trade Schools.

He was a resident of Pier Cove, Michigan, until his death in Allegan, Michigan, on January 10, 1993.

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Preceded by
Raymond W. Karst
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 12th congressional district

1951-1953
Succeeded by
District dissolved
Preceded by
Morgan M. Moulder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

1953-1969
Succeeded by
James W. Symington

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