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Le Roy Donnelly DOWNS

(1900-1970)

DOWNS, Le Roy Donnelly, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., April 11, 1900; attended the public schools of his native city; enlisted on August 27, 1917, and served as a corporal in United States Army, with four months’ service in France, being discharged on December 21, 1918; engaged as a newspaper publisher in South Norwalk, Conn., in 1923; chairman and member of the Veterans’ Home Building Commission 1931-1938; city clerk of Norwalk, Conn., 1933-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed the newspaper publishing business; comptroller of the city of Norwalk, Conn., 1943-1944; War Manpower Director for southwestern Connecticut 1944-1946; served as regional representative for the Veterans’ Administration in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania from 1961 until his death, January 18, 1970, in Norwalk, Conn.; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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