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William G. Bray
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana

In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by James E. Noland
Succeeded by David W. Evans
Constituency 7th district (1951–67)
Indiana's 6th congressional district|6th district (1967–75)
Personal details
Born June 17, 1903
Mooresville, Indiana, U.S.
Died June 4, 1979(1979-06-04) (aged 75)
Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Indiana University Law School (Juris doctor, 1927)
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Reserve
Years of service 1941–1945
Rank captain
Awards Silver Star

William Gilmer Bray (June 17, 1903 – June 4, 1979) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana.


Born on a farm near Mooresville, Indiana, Bray attended the public schools of Mooresville, Indiana. He was graduated from Indiana University Law School at Bloomington in 1927 and was admitted to the bar the same year.

He served as prosecuting attorney of the fifteenth judicial district of Indiana, Martinsville, Indiana from 1926 to 1930. He commenced the private practice of law in Martinsville, Indiana, in 1930.

Called to active duty from the US Army Reserve June 21, 1941, with the rank of captain and served with a tank company throughout the Pacific campaign, receiving the Silver Star. After the war, he was transferred to Military Government and served nine months in Korea as deputy property custodian. Bray was released from active duty in November 1946 with the rank of colonel. He returned to private law practice in Martinsville, Indiana.

Bray was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1975). Bray voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[1] 1960,[2] 1964,[3] and 1968,[4] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law.

Named to be a commissioner to the American Battle Monuments Commission by President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1978.

Representative Bray and other members of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics visit the Marshall Space Flight Center on March 9, 1962 to gather first-hand information of the nation's space exploration program.

Resided in Martinsville, Indiana, where he died June 4, 1979. He was interred in White Lick Cemetery, Mooresville, Indiana.

Bray was an Indiana Freemason, and in 1993, William G. Bray Commandery No. 65 of the Masonic-related Knights Templar of Indiana was chartered in Mooresville in his honor and memory.[6]


  • William G. Bray at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James E. Noland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John T. Myers
Preceded by
Richard L. Roudebush
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
David W. Evans

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