Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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TOWNS, Edolphus (1934-)

TOWNS, EDOLPHUS, a Representative from New York; born in Chadbourn, Columbus County, N.C., July 21, 1934; graduated from West Side High School, Chadbourn, N.C., 1952; B.S., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C., 1956; M.S.W., Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., 1973; United States Army, 1956-1958; teacher, Fordham University, New York, N.Y.; deputy president, borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1976-1982; elected as Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 2013); chair, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (One Hundred Eleventh Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the Arthur Levitt Papers, 1948-2001, 26 linear feet.
Correspondents include Edolphus Towns.


Yale University Library
Divinity Library Special Collections
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Washington Office on Africa Records, Addendum B, ca. 1970-1996, 35 linear feet.
Correspondents include Edolphus Towns.

  • "Edolphus Towns" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.