Ben H. Guill

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Ben Hugh Guill
U.S. Representative from Texas's 18th congressional district (Panhandle counties)
In office
May 6, 1950 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Eugene Worley
Succeeded by Walter E. Rogers
Personal details
Born (1909-09-08)September 8, 1909
Smyrna, Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA
Died January 15, 1994(1994-01-15) (aged 84)
Pampa, Gray County, Texas
Resting place Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater West Texas A&M University
Occupation Educator; Businessman
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Ben Hugh Guill (September 8, 1909 - January 15, 1994) was a short-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 18th congressional district, which then encompassed the Panhandle counties. He won a special election and served the remaining eight months in office.

Early life and education[edit]

Guill was born in Smyrna in Rutherford County in central Tennessee. He graduated in 1933 from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, then known as West Texas State College.

Career[edit]

Guill worked as an educator before becoming a business executive, and a real estate agent. From 1942 to 1945 during World War II, he served in the United States Navy.

Guill won a special election to the Eighty-first Congress to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative Eugene Worley. Guill served the remaining term from May 6, 1950 to January 3, 1951. In the November 1950 general election, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to a full term in the Eighty-second Congress, losing to the Democratic candidate. Guill was a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention, which met in Chicago to nominate the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket.

From 1953 to 1955, Guill served as the executive assistant in Washington, D.C., to Arthur Summerfield, the United States Postmaster General. From 1955 to 1959, he was a member of the United States Federal Maritime Board in the United States Department of Commerce.

Guill died on January 15, 1994, in Pampa, Texas, and is interred there at Fairview Cemetery.

The next Republican to hold the Panhandle U.S. House seat was Bob Price, also from Pampa. He was elected to four terms beginning in 1966. Following Congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation of public facilities, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which provided for federal enforcement to re-establish the ability of African Americans and other minorities to use their constitutional right to vote, conservative whites in Texas and other southern states began supporting the Republican Party.

Source[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eugene Worley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 18th congressional district

1950-1951
Succeeded by
Walter E. Rogers