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Richard Meloan DUNCAN

(1889-1974)

DUNCAN, Richard Meloan, a Representative from Missouri; born near Edgerton, Platte County, Mo., November 10, 1889; attended the public schools; was graduated from Christian Brothers College, St. Joseph, Mo., in 1909; deputy circuit clerk of Buchanan County, Mo., 1911-1917; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in St. Joseph, Mo.; city counselor of St. Joseph, 1926-1930; delegate to 1932 Democratic Convention; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1943); chairman of Democratic Caucus for the Seventy-seventh Congress; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; appointed judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri on July 8, 1943, and served until June 30, 1965; continued to serve actively under senior (retired) status; resided in Kansas City, Mo., where he died August 1, 1974; interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mo.

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

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