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Mercer, Thomas H.

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Thomas H. Mercer was a Republican who ran unsuccessfully against Al Ullman for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1976.

Hedlund, Bill (William Hancock), 1910-1994

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  • 1910-1994

William "Bill" Hancock Hedlund was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1910. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1931, and from Northwestern College of Law in Portland in 1935. He and Judith Margaret Smith married in 1939. He briefly worked for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission before running for the Oregon Legislature. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives in the 1941-42 session and was an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1942 to 1944. He became a legislative lobbyist and also worked for the Oregon State Legislature. He later returned to serve on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission from 1979 to 1988. He died in 1994.

Burns, John D. (John David), 1936-

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John David Burns was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1936, and grew up in Condon, Oregon. He attended Notre Dame University, dropping out briefly in 1957 due to his mother's ill health, but returning later that year to finish his degree. He then attended Georgetown University, earning his law degree in 1961. He returned to Oregon to practice law in Portland. He was deputy district attorney in Multnomah County for many years, and then worked in a private law firm with Pat Dooley. Burns and Brooke Claridge were married in 1963; they had four children, and divorced in 1982 or 1983.

Pat Dooley encouraged Burns to run for the Legislature. Burns became a Democratic politician and represented Multnomah County in the Oregon State Senate from 1967 to 1975, serving as Senate president from 1971 to 1973. After leaving the Legislature, he continued his law practice, worked as a lobbyist, and was active in several civic organizations.

Mosser, John D. (John Daniel), 1923-1996

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John Daniel Mosser was born in Illinois in 1923 and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Princeton, but was called to active duty in the Army in 1943. He fought in the European theater during World War II, primarily in France. He returned to Princeton after the war and graduated in 1947. He met Priscilla Alexander on a blind date, and they married in 1948; they had later four children. After Princeton, Mosser studied law at Yale. Soon after his graduation, the young family moved to Oregon in 1950, and Mosser practiced law in Portland. He was a Republican and represented Washington County in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1957, and again from 1963 to 1966. He led the clean-up of the Willamette River and was involved in the creation of Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. He left the Republican Party in 1973 as a result of the Watergate scandal, becoming an Independent instead. He died in 1996.

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