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E. Ross Adair
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Edward H. Kruse
Succeeded by J. Edward Roush
United States Ambassador to Ethiopia

In office
1971–1974
Personal details
Born (1907-12-14)December 14, 1907
Albion, Indiana
Died May 5, 1983(1983-05-05) (aged 75)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Political party Republican
Alma mater Hillsdale College, A.B.
George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Occupation Attorney

Edwin Ross Adair (December 14, 1907 – May 5, 1983) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Born in Albion, Indiana, Adair attended grade and high schools in that city. He graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan, A.B., 1928, and from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., LL.B., 1933.

He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1933 and commenced the practice of law in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He served as probate commissioner of Allen County, Indiana from 1940 to 1950. During World War II, he was called to active duty as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps Reserve in September 1941 and served until October 1945.

U.S. Representative[edit | edit source]

Adair was elected as a Republican from Indiana's 4th congressional district to the Eighty-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1971). Adair voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[1] 1960,[2] 1964,[3] and 1968,[4] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress. He served as the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1971 to 1974.

He resumed the practice of law in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he resided until his death there, May 5, 1983. He was interred at Greenlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Fort Wayne.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
  • E at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • E. Ross Adair at Find a Grave
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward H. Kruse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

1951 – 1971
Succeeded by
J. Edward Roush
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William O. Hall
United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
1971–1974
Succeeded by
Thomas W. McElhiney

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