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Richard F. Harless

Richard Fielding Harless (August 6, 1905 – November 24, 1970) was a U.S. Representative from Arizona.

Richard F. Harless
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by2nd Seat created
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born(1905-08-06)August 6, 1905
Kelsey, Texas, USA
DiedNovember 24, 1970(1970-11-24) (aged 65)
Phoenix, Arizona
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Arizona

Born in Kelsey, Texas, Harless moved to Thatcher, Arizona, in 1917 and attended the grade and high schools. He graduated from University of Arizona in 1928. He taught school at Marana, Arizona from 1928 to 1930. He graduated from the law school of the University of Arizona in 1933. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Harless served as Assistant City Attorney and in 1936 was elected Assistant Attorney General of Arizona. From 1938-1942, Harless served as Maricopa County Attorney. He was married to Meredith Howard Harless a writer and radio personality. They wed November 28, 1948, in Alexandria, Virginia.[1]

Harless was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949). He was one of the main sponsors of the Indian Voting Rights Act of 1947.[2]

Harless did not seek renomination in 1948 but was unsuccessful for the gubernatorial nomination. He was an unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination in 1954 for the Eighty-fourth Congress. He served as Democratic nominee in 1960 for the Eighty-seventh Congress. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Phoenix, Arizona, November 24, 1970. He was interred in Greenwood Memorial Park.


  1. ^ Kearney, Martha (December 5, 1948). "Honeymoon After Much Delayed Wedding Faces Postponement for Ex-Solon, Wife". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Texas, Lubbock. International News Service. p. 53.
  2. ^ bio from papers collection at Arizona State University
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seat created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Seat abolished

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