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Richard Ely BIRD

(1878-1955)

BIRD, Richard Ely, a Representative from Kansas; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 4, 1878; moved with his parents to Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., in 1887; attended the public schools and was graduated from Wichita High School in 1898; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Wichita; judge of the district court of the eighteenth judicial district of Kansas 1916-1921; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law; United States referee in bankruptcy, Wichita, Kans., 1925-1927; retired from public life in 1937 and moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he died January 10, 1955; interment in Maplegrove Cemetery, Wichita, Kans.

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

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