Winfield K. Denton

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Winfield K. Denton
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byE. A. Mitchell
Succeeded byD. Bailey Merrill
In office
January 3, 1955 – December 30, 1966
Preceded byD. Bailey Merrill
Succeeded byRoger Zion
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
1937–1942
Personal details
Born(1896-10-28)October 28, 1896
Evansville, Indiana
DiedNovember 2, 1971(1971-11-02) (aged 75)
Evansville, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsGeorge Kirkpatrick Denton (father)
Alma materDe Pauw University, Harvard Law School

Winfield Kirkpatrick Denton (October 28, 1896 – November 2, 1971) was an American lawyer, military veteran, and politician who served several terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana in the mid-20th Century. He was the son of George Kirkpatrick Denton.

Biography

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Denton attended the public schools. He attended De Pauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. A.B., De Pauw University, 1919. J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1922. He was in the United States Army Air Corps in 1919 during World War I in 1919. He was in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II and became a lieutenant colonel.

He was a lawyer in private practice. He served as prosecuting attorney, Vanderburgh County, Indiana from 1932 to 1936. He served as member of the Indiana state legislature from 1937 to 1942, and as minority leader, 1941. He served as member of the Indiana state budget committee from 1940 to 1942.

Congress

Denton was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-third Congress in 1952. He served as delegate to each Democratic National Convention, 1952 to 1964.

Denton was elected to the Eighty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation on December 30, 1966 (January 3, 1955 – December 30, 1966). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966.

Death

He died on November 2, 1971, in Evansville, Indiana. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

References

  • United States Congress. "Winfield K. Denton (id: D000260)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

1949–1953
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

1955–1966
Succeeded by
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