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Oscar Stanton DE PRIEST

(1871-1951)

DE PRIEST, Oscar Stanton, a Representative from Illinois; born in Florence, Lauderdale County, Ala., March 9, 1871; moved to Kansas in 1878 with his parents, who settled in Salina; attended the public schools and Salina (Kans.) Normal School; engaged as a painter and decorator; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1889 and became a real estate broker; member of the board of commissioners of Cook County, Ill., 1904-1908; member of the city council 1915-1917; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1929-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the real estate business; vice chairman of the Cook County Republican central committee 1932-1934; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1936; again a member of the city council 1943-1947; died in Chicago, Ill., May 12, 1951; interment in Graceland Cemetery.

Bibliography

”Oscar Stanton De Priest” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

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

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