Mize was a native of Atchison, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas School of Business. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, and received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V.
After the war, Mize was involved in his family's wholesale hardware business, and was an officer of several other corporations, in addition to owning and operating a farm and a cattle ranch. Mize also served on the Atchison school board, and was active in several other civic organizations, including the board of trustees of Mount St. Scholastica College.
In 1964, Mize was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served three terms, 1965 to 1971, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970. After leaving Congress, Mize served as chairman of the United States Tariff Commission in 1971. In retirement, he resided in Naples, Florida before moving to La Jolla, California. He died in La Jolla on January 11, 1994, and was buried in Atchison.
Mize was born in Atchison, Kansas on December 25, 1917. He attended the public schools of Atchison, and graduated from Atchison High School. He then studied at the University of Kansas School of Business from 1935 to 1939.
World War II
He joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1940, where he served on active duty in the South Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945 on board the USS Hornet. He was released to inactive service as a lieutenant commander at the end of the war, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.
After World War II, Mize served in a number of leadership positions in business, including succeeding his father as treasurer of Blish, Mize & Silliman wholesale hardware. He served as vice president of Locomotive Finished Materials Co. from 1951 to 1958, and as vice president of Valley Co., Inc. from 1958 to 1964. He owned and operated a cattle ranch in New Mexico and a farm in Atchison County, Kansas, where he was a member of the Atchison School Board.
Mize served as chairman of the board of trustees of Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison. He also served as member of the School of Business Administration Advisory Board and the athletic board of the University of Kansas, and was president of the school's alumni association. In addition, Mize was a member of the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.
Mize served on the House Banking and Currency Committee, and was a member of House Republican Conference task forces on Aging, the United Nations, and Latin America. He was also interested in government farm policy, as well as several conservation and flood control projects that were planned for or under construction in his district.
Death and burial
In retirement, Mize was a resident of first Naples, Florida, and then La Jolla, California. He died in La Jolla of bladder cancer on January 11, 1994. He was buried Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison, Kansas.
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- United States Congress. "Chester L. Mize (id: M000832)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-16
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