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This Day in Georgia History

September 09, 1942

John Linder Born

Georgia Congressman John Linder was born in Deer River, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1964, obtaining a D.D.S degree in 1967. In 1969, he moved to the Atlanta area, settling in Tucker, Georgia. Here he practiced dentistry from 1969-1982. A Republican, Linder served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1974-80, and again from 1982-90. In 1992, he was elected in the 4th district to the U.S. House of Representatives. Following reapportionment, Linder decided not to run in the redrawn 4th district but instead ran in the new 11th district (even though his hometown was outside the district) and won easily over his Democratic challenger.