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Harold Clement McGugin

Politician. Republican. Born: November 22, 1893, Liberty, Kansas. Died: March 7, 1946, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District: March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1935.

Born on a farm near Liberty, Montgomery County, Kansas, on November 22, 1893, Harold McGugin attended the Liberty public schools and moved to Coffeyville in 1908, where he graduated from high school in 1912. He graduated from the law department of Topeka's Washburn College in 1915 and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Coffeyville. During the Great War, McGugin served as a second lieutenant, Adjutant General's Department, at Brest, France, and after war's end he took a postgraduate course at the Inns of Court, London, England. A member of the Kansas state house of representatives, 1927-1929, McGugin also served as Coffeyville city attorney in 1929 and was elected to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (served, March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 and for election in 1936. In 1942 the former congressman enlisted in the U.S. Army, advancing from captain to lieutenant colonel; he served in France, where he contracted an incurable disease and died in the Army and Navy General Hospital at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on March 7, 1946.

Entry: McGugin, Harold Clement

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Date Modified: May 2012

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