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John Richard FARR

(1857-1933)

FARR, John Richard, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa., July 18, 1857; attended the public schools, School of the Lackawanna, Scranton, Pa., and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; was graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.; newsboy, printer, and publisher; active in the real estate business; served four years on the Scranton School Board; member of the State house of representatives in 1891, 1893, 1895, 1897, and 1899, serving as speaker of the 1899 session; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1919); successfully contested the election of Patrick McLane to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from February 25 to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; resumed the real estate business in Scranton, Pa.; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress and in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; died in Scranton, Pa., on December 11, 1933; interment in Shady Lane Cemetery, Chinchilla (near Scranton), Lackawanna County, Pa.

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

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