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Ken Hechler

Ken HechlerAKA Kenneth William Hechler

Born: 20-Sep-1914
Birthplace: Roslyn, NY
Died: 10-Dec-2016
Location of death: Romney, WV
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Historian
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from West Virginia, 1959-77

Military service: US Army (combat historian, 1942-46, WWII)

Marched with Martin Luther King at Selma, Alabama, in 1965, the only congressman to do so.

Father: Charles H. Hechler
Mother: Catherine Hauhart
Wife: Carol Kitzmiller (m. 2013, until his death)

    High School: Roslyn High School, Roslyn, NY (1931)
    University: AB, Swarthmore College (1935)
    University: AM, Columbia University (1936)
    University: PhD, Columbia University (1940)

    West Virginia Secretary of State (1985-2001)
    Congressional Staff Science consultant, House Committee on Science and Technology (1980-82)
    US Congressman, West Virginia 4th (3-Jan-1959 to 3-Jan-1977)
    Congressional Staff to Sen. John Albert Carroll (1957)
    American Political Science Association Assoc. Dir. (1953-56)
    White House Staff Special Asst. to the President (1949-53)
    American Legion
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Civil Disobedience obstructing officers and impeding traffic, while protesting mountaintop removal, Coal River Mountain, WV (23-Jun-2009)

Author of books:
Insurgency: Personalities and Politics of the Taft Era (1940, history)
The Bridge at Remagen: The Amazing Story of March 7, 1945 -- The Day the Rhine River was Crossed (1957, history)
West Virginia Memories of President Kennedy (1965, history)
Toward the Endless Frontier: History of the Committee on Science and Technology, 1959-79 (1980, history)
Working with Truman: A Personal Memoir of the White House Years (1982, history)
Holding The Line: The 51st Engineer Combat Battalion and the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945 (1988, history)
Super Marine! The Sgt. Orland D. "Buddy" Jones Story (2007)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice, 2008

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