Thomas Harold WERDEL, Congress, CA (1905-1966)


WERDEL, Thomas Harold, a Representative from California; born in Emery, Hanson County, S.Dak., September 13, 1905; moved with his parents to Kern County, Calif., in 1915; attended the public schools and Kern County Union High School; was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1930 and from the University of California Law School in 1936; was admitted to the bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law in Bakersfield, Calif.; member of the California State assembly from the thirty-ninth district in the legislative sessions of 1943 and 1945; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law; Statesâ Rights Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1956; died in Bakersfield, Calif., September 30, 1966; interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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