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Stephen Wallace DEMPSEY

(1862-1949)

DEMPSEY, Stephen Wallace, a Representative from New York; born in Hartland, Niagara County, N.Y., May 8, 1862; attended the district school of his native town, and was graduated from the De Veaux School, Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1880; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Lockport, Niagara County, N.Y.; assistant United States attorney 1889-1907; special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States 1907-1912, and was in charge of the prosecution of the Standard Oil Co. and certain railroads; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1931); chairman, Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Sixty-seventh through Seventy-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930; reengaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until his death on March 1, 1949; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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

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