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  Whitener, Basil L.
NameBasil L. Whitener
Gastonia, North Carolina , United States
Born May 14, 1915
Died March 20, 1989 (73 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
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Aug 04, 2015 07:47pm
InfoWHITENER, Basil Lee, a Representative from North Carolina; born in York County, S.C., May 14, 1915; educated in public schools of Gaston County; graduated from Lowell High School 1931 and from Rutherford College 1933; attended University of South Carolina 1933-1935; graduated from Duke University Law School 1937; admitted to the North Carolina bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Gastonia, N.C.

N.C. Representative 1941; renominated in 1942 but resigned to enter the United States Navy. Served as gunnery officer and was separated from the service in November 1945 with rank of lieutenant.

Solicitor, fourteenth N.C. solicitorial district (appointed January 1946 and elected in November 1946, reelected in 1950 and 1954, and served until December 31, 1956).

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1948.

U.S. Representative (D-NC) 1957-1969; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1968 and 1970.

Resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Gastonia, N.C., until his death there on March 20, 1989.

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