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Louis Benjamin Heller

(1905 - 1993)

HELLER, Louis Benjamin, a Representative from New York; born in New York City February 10, 1905; attended the public schools; was graduated from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, LL.B., 1926; was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in Brooklyn, N.Y.; served as special deputy assistant attorney general in election fraud cases in New York 1936-1946; appeal agent, United States Selective Service, in New York in 1941 and 1942; member of the State senate in 1943 and 1944; appointed by Gov. Thomas E. Dewey as secretary of the New York State Temporary Commission Against Discrimination in 1944 and 1945; Democratic State committeeman and executive member (leader) of the sixth assembly district of Kings County, N.Y., 1944-1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John J. Delaney; reelected to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses and served from February 15, 1949, until his resignation July 21, 1954; appointed a judge of the Court of Special Sessions of New York City and served from July 22, 1954, to December 1958, when elected a justice of the city court of the city of New York, in which position he served until August 6, 1966; judge of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1966-1977; was a resident of Lauderhill, Fla., until his death in Plantation, Fla., on October 30, 1993.

Sources: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress