Ecton, Zales N. (Zales Nelson), 1898-1961

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Zales N. Ecton, born in Iowa April 1, 1898, moved to Montana at age nine. He received his public education in the local schools. After graduation, he attended Montana State College. When the country entered World War 1, Ecton volunteered for training in the Student Army Training Corps. After the war, Ecton completed his education at the University of Chicago Law School. Ecton entered politics in 1932, running for office as a State Representative from Gallatin County. He served in the Montana House of Representatives for four years and in the Montana Senate for ten years. From 1947-1953, Ecton was a U.S. Senator, the first Republican elected by popular vote in Montana. As a Senator, Ecton served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, the Committee on the United States Post Office and Civil Service, and the Committee on Public Lands. Ecton lost the 1952 election to Mike Mansfield. He returned to Montana and resided in Bozeman until his death in 1961.

From the guide to the Zales N. Ecton Papers, 1947-1953, (Montana State University-Bozeman Library, Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections)

State legislator and U.S. senator from Montana.

From the description of Zales N. Ecton papers, 1947-1953. (Montana State University Bozeman Library). WorldCat record id: 70922382

Ecton was born in Iowa in 1898 and moved to Montana at age nine. Educated in Montana and Chicago, he entered politics in 1932. He served in the Montana House for four years, then for ten years in the Montana Senate. From 1947-53 he served as a U.S. Senator from Montana.

From the description of Zales N. Ecton papers, 1947-1953. (Montana State University Bozeman Library). WorldCat record id: 43773255

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referencedIn Archer, James H., 1882-1973. Papers, 1953-1976 (bulk 1968-1970). Cascade County Historical Society, Archives
creatorOf Zales N. Ecton Papers, 1947-1953 Montana State University-Bozeman Library, Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
creatorOf Ecton, Zales N. (Zales Nelson), 1898-1961. Zales N. Ecton papers, 1947-1953. Montana State University (MSU) Library, MSU Library; Renne Library; MSU Library - Bozeman
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Birth 1898-04-01

Death 1961-03-03

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