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Thomas Brooks FLETCHER

(1879-1945)

FLETCHER, Thomas Brooks, a Representative from Ohio; born in Mechanicstown, Carroll County, Ohio, October 10, 1879; attended the public schools, a private school at Augusta, Ohio, and the Richard School of Dramatic Art in Cleveland; was graduated from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1900; editor of the Daily Leader, Alliance, Ohio, 1903-1905; served on the staff of the Morning News, Canton, Ohio, from 1905 to 1906; became a Redpath lecturer in 1906; editor and publisher of the Daily Tribune at Marion, Ohio, 1910-1922; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; elected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); chairman, Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses), Committee on the Census (Seventy-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress and for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed lecturing and chautauqua work; died in Washington, D.C., July 1, 1945; interment in Mechanicstown Cemetery, Mechanicstown, Ohio.

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

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