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Dr. Durward Gorham Hall was a six-term US representative from Missouri's 7th congressional district.


He was born in Cassville, Missourimarker on September 14, 1910 and graduated from Greenwood Laboratory School at Southwest Missouri State Universitymarker, Springfield, Missourimarker in 1926. He received his A.B. at Drury Collegemarker (now Drury Universitymarker) in Springfield, Missouri in 1930. Hall went on to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinoismarker where he received his M.D. in 1934. Dr. Hall served as a physician in the United States Army, Office of the Surgeon General and joined the United States Army Reserve in 1955.

Dr. Hall was elected as a Republican to the 87th United States Congress in 1960. He was re-elected for five more terms serving until January 3, 1973. He was appointed as a delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.

During his years in the United States Congress, Dr. Hall's critics referred to him as "Dr. No" because of his tendency to vote no on spending bills. He was a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. Dr. Hall decided to retire from elected politics and was not a candidate for reelection to the 93rd United States Congress in 1972. Gene Taylor, also a Republican, replaced Dr. Hall as the congressman from the 7th District.

He was also the co-founder and a member of board of trustees of the Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Marylandmarker from 1973-1981. Dr. Hall served on the faculty of Eckerd Collegemarker, St. Petersburg, Floridamarker. Dr. Hall spent his retirement years in Springfield, Missouri with his wife. He died on March 15, 2001 in Albany, Oregonmarker.

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