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Thomas Cunningham COCHRAN

(1877-1957)

COCHRAN, Thomas Cunningham, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Sandy Creek Township, near Sheakleyville, Mercer County, Pa., November 30, 1877; moved with his parents to Mercer, Pa., in 1879; attended the public schools; was graduated from the Mercer High School in 1896 and from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa., in 1901; member of the faculty of Mercer Academy in 1902 and 1903; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Mercer, Pa.; district attorney of Mercer County 1906-1909; trustee of Westminster College; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1927-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934; delegate to the Interparliamentary Union conferences in Paris in 1927, Berlin in 1928, Geneva in 1929, London in 1930, and Istanbul in 1934, and as an observer in Oslo in 1939, Istanbul in 1951, and Washington in 1953; resumed the practice of law; died in Mercer, Pa., December 10, 1957; interment in Mercer Citizens Cemetery.

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

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