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Politte ELVINS

(1878-1943)

ELVINS, Politte, a Representative from Missouri; born in French Village, St. Francois County, Mo., March 16, 1878; attended the public schools; was graduated from Carleton College, Farmington, Mo., in 1897 and from the law department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1899; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Elvins, Mo.; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Elvins, Mo.; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; chairman of the State Republican committee 1912-1914; moved to Bonne Terre, Mo., in 1917 and continued the practice of law; member and chairman of the committee on rules and order of business for the Missouri constitutional convention in 1922 and 1923; moved to Pharr, Hidalgo County, Tex., in 1936; unsuccessful candidate to the United States Senate in 1940; died at McAllen, Tex., January 14, 1943; remains cremated.

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

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