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Charles Wayland BROOKS

(1897-1957)
Senate Years of Service:
1940-1949
Party:
Republican

BROOKS, Charles Wayland, a Senator from Illinois; born in West Bureau, Ill., March 8, 1897; attended the public schools at Wheaton, Ill., the University of Illinois at Urbana, and Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.; during the First World War served as a first lieutenant in the United States Marines 1917-1919; wounded several times; graduated from the law department of Northwestern University in 1926; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; instructor of law at Northwestern University in 1926 and 1927; assistant State’s attorney 1926-1932; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1936; elected on November 5, 1940, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Hamilton Lewis; reelected in 1942, and served from November 22, 1940, to January 3, 1949; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948; chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Eightieth Congress), Joint Committee on the Library (Eightieth Congress), Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Eightieth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; Republican National Committeeman for Illinois 1952; died in Chicago, Ill., January 14, 1957; interment in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, Ill.

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

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