February 9, 1980

Benton County native Clyde Taylor Ellis died in Washington DC; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Ellis was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a pioneer in the nation’s rural electrification movement. He served as the first general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which was formed to help promote and protect the interests of the rural electrification program, a New Deal program created in 1935.

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