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William Joseph FITZGERALD

(1887-1947)

FITZGERALD, William Joseph, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Norwich, New London County, Conn., March 2, 1887; attended St. Patrick’s Parochial School in Norwich, Conn.; employed in a foundry as a molder and later served as superintendent 1904-1930; served on the State commission to investigate widows’ aid in 1916; member of the State senate 1931-1935; deputy State commissioner of labor 1931-1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; mayor of Norwich, Conn., in 1940 and 1941; elected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; appointed on March 1, 1943, as area director and later as State director of the War Manpower Commission of Connecticut and served until October 1, 1945; appointed State director of the United States Employment Service and served until his resignation in January 1947; died at Norwich, Conn., May 6, 1947; interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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

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