Durward Gorham Hall
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 7th district
January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1973
|Born||September 14, 1910|
|Died||March 15, 2001 (aged 90)|
|Alma mater||Missouri State University|
Rush Medical College
Durward Gorham Hall (September 14, 1910 – March 15, 2001) was a six-term US representative from Missouri's 7th congressional district.
He was born in Cassville, Missouri on September 14, 1910 and graduated from Greenwood Laboratory School at Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College; later becoming Southwest Missouri State University in 1972, Springfield, Missouri in 1926. He received his A.B. at Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, Missouri in 1930. Hall went on to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois 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. Hall voted against of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. but in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. 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, Maryland from 1973 to 1981. Dr. Hall served on the faculty of Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Hall spent his retirement years in Springfield, Missouri with his wife. He died on March 15, 2001 in Albany, Oregon.