Burt Talcott

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Burt L. Talcott
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byB. F. Sisk
Succeeded byLeon Panetta
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byBernice F. Sisk
Succeeded byPete McCloskey
Personal details
Burt Lacklen Talcott

(1920-02-22)February 22, 1920
Billings, Montana
DiedJuly 29, 2016(2016-07-29) (aged 96)
Tacoma, Washington
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lee Taylor (m. 1942–2010; her death)
Alma materStanford University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Corps
Years of service1942–1945
AwardsAir Medal, Purple Heart

Burt Lacklen Talcott (February 22, 1920 – July 29, 2016) was an American politician who served as a member of the United States Congress from the State of California.

Military career[edit]

Born in Billings, Montana, Talcott received his degree from Stanford University in 1942, after which he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he became a bomber pilot. On a mission in a B-24[1] over Austria, Talcott was shot down and captured, spending 14 months in a German Prisoner-of-war camp. Upon his discharge from the military in 1945 he received the Air Medal and Purple Heart with clusters.[2]

Political career[edit]

Talcott served on the Monterey County, California Board of Supervisors and was president of the county board. Talcott was elected to the 88th United States Congress as a Republican and served an additional seven terms (January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1977) before losing his seat in 1976 to Leon Panetta.[3] Following his loss, Talcott engaged in a variety of private and public legislative work.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He resided in Tacoma, Washington with his son and daughter-in-law, Ron & "Gigi" Talcott. He always made time for his faith and his family. He was elected to serve on the Charter Review Commission Dist. 7 Pos. 3 of Pierce County.[2] His wife, Lee Taylor, whom he married in 1942, died in 2010.[5]He died in Tacoma on July 29, 2016 at the age of 96. Both Lee and Burt played active roles in the raising of their two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He could be found supporting his alma mater, Stanford, and making milkshake bets with his great-grandson over the outcome of their football games. The year he passed, he took a 10-hour road trip to Idaho, just to watch his 3rd eldest great-granddaughter graduate from high school. [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1969/09/21/page/8/article/pows-plight-familiar-to-2-in-congress
  2. ^ a b "Burt Talcott:Candidate Details". Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  3. ^ McCloskey, Pete (19 December 2002). "Crises in Both Parties". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  4. ^ Our Campaigns.com.com.-Burt L. Talcott
  5. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thecalifornian/obituary.aspx?n=lee-talcott&pid=144912384
  6. ^ "Burt Talcott Obituary".

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bernice F. Sisk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th congressional district

January 3, 1963–January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
Pete McCloskey
Preceded by
Bernice F. Sisk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 16th congressional district

January 3, 1975–January 3, 1977
Succeeded by
Leon Panetta