Thor C. Tollefson

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Thor C. Tollefson
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Washington's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1947 January 3, 1965
Preceded by John M. Coffee
Succeeded by Floyd Hicks
Personal details
Born(1901-05-02)May 2, 1901
Perley, Minnesota
Died December 30, 1982(1982-12-30) (aged 81)
Tacoma, Washington
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Washington

Thor Carl Tollefson (May 2, 1901 – December 30, 1982) was a U.S. Representative from Washington.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

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Born in Perley, Minnesota, Tollefson moved to Tacoma, Washington during 1912. He attended public schools, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1924. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law at Seattle in 1930.

Perley, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Perley is a city in Norman County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 92 at the 2010 census.

Tacoma, Washington City in Washington, United States

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.

Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Washington) high school in Tacoma, Washington, United States

Lincoln High School is a historic high school located in the south central sector of Tacoma, Washington, adjacent to Lincoln Park. Part of Tacoma Public Schools, it was named for Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. The school was founded in 1913 and built according to an architectural design by Frederick Heath. It celebrated its Centennial Jubilee in 2014.


Tollefson was admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Tacoma, Washington. He served as the Prosecutor of Pierce County from 1938-1946. He served as delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1944. He was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1965). Tollefson represented Washington's 6th congressional district. He served on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-eighth Congress.

Admission to the bar in the United States

Admission to the bar in the United States is the granting of permission by a particular court system to a lawyer to practice law in the jurisdiction and before those courts. Each U.S. state and similar jurisdiction has its own court system and sets its own rules for bar admission, which can lead to different admission standards among states. In most cases, a person is "admitted" or "called" to the bar of the highest court in the jurisdiction and is thereby authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction. In addition, Federal Courts of the United States, although often overlapping in admission standards with states, set their own requirements for practice in each of those courts.

Pierce County, Washington County in the United States

Pierce County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 795,225, making it the second-most populous county in Washington behind King County. The county seat and largest city is Tacoma. Formed out of Thurston County on December 22, 1852, by the legislature of Oregon Territory, it was named for U.S. President Franklin Pierce. Pierce County is in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Republican Party (United States) political party in the United States

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He was appointed director of fisheries for the State of Washington. He served as special assistant to the governor in charge of international fisheries negotiations. Tollefson was a resident of Tacoma, Washington, until his death there on December 30, 1982. He was interred in Mountain View Memorial Park.


The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. Coffee
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Floyd Verne Hicks

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