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Edgar W. Hiestand

Edgar Willard Hiestand (December 3, 1888 – August 19, 1970) was an American businessman and politician. A staunch anti-communist, he served ten years in the United States Congress.

Edgar W. Hiestand
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byHarry R. Sheppard
Succeeded byAugustus F. Hawkins
Personal details
Born(1888-12-03)December 3, 1888
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedAugust 19, 1970(1970-08-19) (aged 81)
Pasadena, California, United States
Resting placeSan Gabriel Cemetery, California
Political partyRepublican Party
Alma materDartmouth College
OccupationBusinessman and politician

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Hiestand was a 1910 graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.


A Republican and member of the John Birch Society, he represented California's 21st congressional district from 1953 until 1963, when he was defeated by Everett G. Burkhalter, a Burbank incumbent city councilman. The 21st district covered the northern 2/3 of Los Angeles County, including the cities of Pasadena and Sierra Madre on the east to Burbank and the San Fernando Valley on the west and the Antelope Valley (including Edwards Air Force Base) on the north. In 1962, the Democratic California Legislature re-districted Hiestand into the western section of the old 21st district, which was more heavily Democratic.

Hiestand served on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor where he sponsored and supported revisions to the business-labor statutes. He was an advisor to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on labor and management issues.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Hiestand engaged in a career of retailing, concluding with Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Glendale, California.


Hiestand died, age 81, in Pasadena, California; his ashes were interred at San Gabriel Cemetery in California.

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