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Clare Gerald FENERTY

(1895-1952)

FENERTY, Clare Gerald, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 1895; attended the parochial schools; was graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1916 and from the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1921; during the First World War served in the United States Navy in 1917 and 1918; reentered the naval service as a lieutenant, senior grade, in 1933; was admitted to the bar in 1921 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; member of the law faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1924-1929; member of the Philadelphia Board of Law Examiners 1928-1940; assistant district attorney at Philadelphia, Pa., 1928-1935; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; appointed judge of Common Pleas Court No. 5 of Philadelphia in November 1939 and was elected for a ten-year term in November 1941; reelected in November 1951 and served until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., July 1, 1952; interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, Pa.

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

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