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Joe CRAIL

(1877-1938)

CRAIL, Joe, a Representative from California; born in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, December 25, 1877; attended the public schools and was graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1898; during the Spanish-American War enlisted as a private in the Twelfth Company, United States Volunteer Signal Corps; promoted to corporal and served in the American Army of Occupation in Cuba until its withdrawal; studied law at Iowa College of Law, Des Moines, Iowa; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Fairfield, Iowa; moved to California in 1913, settled in Los Angeles, and practiced law until elected to Congress; served as chairman of the Republican State central committee for southern California 1918-1920; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1933); was not a candidate for renomination in 1932, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in banking; died in Los Angeles, Calif., March 2, 1938; interment in Inglewood Park Mausoleum, Inglewood, Calif.

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

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