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Theodore Leonard Irving

(1898 - 1962)

IRVING, Theodore Leonard, a Representative from Missouri; born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., March 24, 1898; moved with his parents to a farm in North Dakota; attended the public schools of North Dakota; worked for a railroad as a boy and during the First World War; left the railroad to become manager of a theater in Montana; moved to California and was manager of a hotel; moved to Jackson County, Mo., in 1934 and was employed as a construction worker and later became a representative of the American Federation of Labor; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; defeated for Democratic nomination in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; labor organizer and later president of a labor union in Kansas City, Mo.; died in Washington, D.C., while on a business trip March 8, 1962; interment in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

Sources: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress