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About Ed Lee Gossett (1902-1990)

Ed Lee Gossett, a Representative from Texas, was born in a sawmill camp known as Yellow Pine, near Many, Sabine Parish, La., on January 27, 1902. He moved to Texas in 1908 with his parents, who settled on a farm near Henrietta, Clay County and attended the rural schools of Clay and Garza Counties. He received an A.B. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1924 and the law school of the same university, LL.B. in 1927.

Gossett was admitted to the bar the latter year and commenced practice in Vernon, Texas. He moved to Wichita Falls, Tex., in 1937 and continued the practice of law. He served as district attorney of the forty-sixth judicial district 1933-1937. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation July 31, 1951. Gossett served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 2 (Seventy-seventh through Seventy-ninth Congresses).

After his years as a Congressman, Gossett resumed the practice of law and was general attorney for the Texas Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., then served as judge of Criminal District Court, Dallas, Tex., until his death on November 6, 1990.