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William M. Ketchum

William Matthew Ketchum (September 2, 1921 – June 24, 1978) was a U.S. Representative from California.

William M. Ketchum
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1973 – June 24, 1978
Preceded byBob Wilson (36th)
Bob Mathias (18th)
Succeeded byGeorge Brown Jr. (36th)
Bill Thomas (18th)
Constituency36th district (1973–75)
18th district (1975–78)
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
William Matthew Ketchum

(1921-09-02)September 2, 1921
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJune 24, 1978(1978-06-24) (aged 56)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Southern California

Ketchum was born on September 2, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. He attended schools in Los Angeles County and military school in North Hollywood, California.

He attended Colorado School of Mines from 1939 to 1940, and the University of Southern California from 1940 to 1942. He entered the United States Army in 1942 and served in the Pacific before discharge in 1946. Recalled into service during the Korean War and served from 1950 to 1953. He owned and operated a hardware and auto-supply store from 1946 to 1950. Salesman from 1953 to 1957. He engaged in cattle ranching and farming. He served as member of the Republican State Central committee from 1964 to 1966. He served as member of the California Assembly from 1967 to 1972. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1968.

Ketchum died of a heart attack on June 24, 1978 in Bakersfield, California, at the age of 56.[1] He was survived by his sister Frances Lindenberg (February 23, 1914 – November 2010).

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  1. ^ "Lawmaker Ketchum dies at 56". San Bernardino County Sun. June 25, 1978.

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