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Leonard Sidney ECHOLS

(1871-1946)

ECHOLS, Leonard Sidney, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Madison, Boone County, W.Va., October 30, 1871; attended the public schools; was graduated from the commercial department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1894, from the Concord State Normal School, Athens, W.Va., in 1898, and from the law department of the Southern Normal University, Huntingdon, Tenn., in 1900; was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Point Pleasant, W.Va., in 1903; prosecuting attorney of Mason County 1904-1909; assistant State tax commissioner for West Virginia 1909-1919; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Navy (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress and for election in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress; member of the committee on appeals and review of the United States Treasury Department from May 1, 1923, to September 15, 1924; delegate to the Republican State convention in 1924; postmaster at Charleston, W.Va., 1925-1928; resumed the practice of law; served as referee in bankruptcy and as special master in the United States District Court, Charleston, W.Va.; died in Charleston, W.Va., May 9, 1946; interment in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.

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

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