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Perl D. DECKER

(1875-1934)

DECKER, Perl D., a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Coolville, Athens County, Ohio, September 10, 1875; moved with his parents to a farm near Hollis, Cloud County, Kans., in 1879; attended the public schools of Cloud County, and Park College, Parkville, Mo., from which he was graduated in 1897; was graduated in law from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1899; was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice at Joplin, Jasper County, Mo.; served as city attorney 1900-1902; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Joplin, Mo.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1932; died in Kansas City, Mo., August 22, 1934; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Joplin, Mo.

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

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