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Jackson Leroy ADAIR

(1887-1956)

ADAIR, Jackson Leroy, a Representative from Illinois; born in Clayton, Adams County, Ill., February 23, 1887; attended public and high schools, and Illinois College at Jacksonville; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1911; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Muskogee, Okla.; moved to Quincy, Ill., in 1913 and continued the practice of law; also engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the manufacture of medicine for livestock; city attorney 1914-1916; prosecuting attorney of Adams County 1916-1920 and 1924-1928; member of the State senate 1928-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; appointed United States district judge for the southern district of Illinois in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served until his death in Quincy, Ill., January 19, 1956; interment in South Side Cemetery, Clayton, Ill.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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