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Chester Anton CHESNEY

(1916-1986)

CHESNEY, Chester Anton, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 9, 1916; attended St. Hyacinth and Lane Technical High School; was graduated from the De Paul University, Chicago, Ill., in 1938; played professional football with the Chicago Bears in 1939 and 1940; entered the United States Air Force in June 1941 as a private and was discharged as a major in 1946 with service in the Pacific and European Theaters; assistant chief of special service, Veterans Administration, Hines, Ill., in 1946 and 1947; took graduate work at Northwestern University Graduate Commerce School in 1947; executive with Montgomery Ward & Co., in 1948 and 1949; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1951); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress; delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention; vice-president and director of Avondale Savings & Loan Association; was a resident of Marco Island, Fla., until his death there September 20, 1986; interment in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ill.

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

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