Denver David HARGIS, Congress, KS (1921-1989)


HARGIS, Denver David, a Representative from Kansas; born in Key West, Fla., July 22, 1921; parents moved to Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kans., in 1922; attended Coffeyville schools; enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1941 and served until October 1943; graduated from Washburn University, Topeka, Kans., B.A., 1946 and from the law department, LL.B., 1948; was admitted to the bar in 1948 and commenced the practice of law in Coffeyville, Kans.; in February 1949 was appointed district supervisor of the Census Bureau for the Third District of Kansas; promoted to administrative officer for Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and later promoted to regional assistant and served until December 1950; mayor of Coffeyville, Kans., 1953-1958; appointed by Governor Docking as a member of the Arkansas River Basin Committee 1956-1959; delegate at large to Democratic National Convention in 1960; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth Congress (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress; consultant with the Department of Defense, 1961-1962, and the Department of Commerce, 1962-1966; manager and later owner of several title insurance companies in Florida until his retirement in 1985; died on March 16, 1989, in Sarasota, Fla., interment at Arlington National Cemetary.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present