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Emmet Francis BYRNE

(1896-1974)

BYRNE, Emmet Francis, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., December 6, 1896; educated in the public and parochial schools of Chicago and graduated from St. Ignatius Academy; attended Loyola University in 1916; veteran of the First World War; graduated from De Paul University Law School, Chicago, Ill., in 1920; was admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; assistant corporation counsel for city of Chicago from June 1921 to June 1923; assistant State’s attorney for Cook County, Ill., from June 1, 1923, to December 1, 1928; unsuccessful candidate for election as judge of the municipal court of Chicago in 1934 and again in 1936; hearing officer for Illinois Commerce Commission in 1947 and 1948 and again in 1955 and 1956; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth Congress (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; resumed law practice; appointed by Secretary of Commerce Stans to the Chicago Regional Export Expansion Council, April 17, 1970; resided in Evanston, Ill., where he died September 25, 1974; interment in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Worth, Ill.

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

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