Richard Thomas Hanna


Richard Thomas Hanna Famous memorial

Kemmerer, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA
Death 9 Jun 2001 (aged 87)
Tryon, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina
Memorial ID 7682978 View Source

US Congressman. He was born one of seven children (he also had four brothers and two sisters) to Robert Alexander Hanna and Martha Jane Thomas Hanna in Kemmerer, Wyoming. He was educated in local common public schools and later moved to California and attended and graduated from the Pasadena Junior College in Pasadena, California. He also attended and studied law at the University of California in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts Degree (or B.A.) and Bachelor of Laws Degree (or LL.B.). Following his education, he then became an attorney and set up his private practice of law. During World War II, he served in the United States Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. On April 5, 1945, he married Doris Muriel Jenks in California and the couple would have four children together. Following his military service and marriage, he entered politics and he served as a Member of the California State Assembly from 1956 to 1962. While servings as a Member of the California State Assembly he helped to establish the University of California in Irvine, California, and the California State University in Fullerton, California. He also was also largely responsible for securing funding for the construction of Dana Point Harbor. He also served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960 and again in 1964. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected. A Member of the Democratic Party, he then served California's 34th District (Eighty-Eighth Congress, Eighty-Ninth Congress, Ninetieth Congress, Ninety-First Congress, Ninety-Second Congress, and Ninety-Third Congress) in the United States House of Representatives from 1963 to 1974. While serving in the United States Congress he served on the Merchant Marine, Fisheries Committee, and the Banking and Currency Committee. He also spoke of the looming significance of Asia and the Pacific Rim. He resigned from office on December 31, 1974, and he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Mark Warren Hannaford. Known by the nickname of "The Little Leprechaun," because of his Irish ancestry and his short stature, he became involved in an incident during the 1970s when he received payments of $200,000 from a Korean businessman named Tongsun Park. The incident became known as 'Koreagate' an influence-buying scandal which netted him a 6-30 month jail sentence, but he only served only one year after pleading guilty. After his retirement from politics, he moved to North Carolina where he lived for many years. He passed away from a heart attack on June 9, 2001, on his 87th birthday, in Tryon, North Carolina. A private service was held and he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina. His son Alexander passed away on May 30, 1998, at the age of 37, and his wife Doris passed away on March 8, 2007, at the age of 85. He was a member of organizations such as the Lions, the Elks, the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Affairs.

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  • Added: 13 Jul 2003
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Thomas Hanna (9 Jun 1914–9 Jun 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7682978, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina.