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John Joseph COCHRAN

(1880-1947)

COCHRAN, John Joseph, a Representative from Missouri; born in Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Mo., August 11, 1880; attended the public schools; employed in the editorial department of various St. Louis newspapers for several years; assistant to the election commissioners of St. Louis 1911-1913; secretary to Representative William L. Igoe 1913-1917, 1918-1921; private secretary to United States Senator William J. Stone and clerk to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate in 1917 and 1918; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1921 at St. Louis, Mo., but did not engage in extensive practice; secretary to Representative Harry B. Hawes 1921-1926; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Harry B. Hawes and at the same time was elected to the Seventieth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-first, Seventy-second, and Seventy-third Congresses; did not seek renomination in 1934, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; subsequently was nominated by convention and elected to the Seventy-fourth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses; served from November 2, 1926, to January 3, 1947; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses), Committee on Accounts (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; died in St. Louis, Mo., March 6, 1947; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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

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