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Dennis Thomas FLYNN

(1861-1939)

FLYNN, Dennis Thomas, a Delegate from the Territory of Oklahoma; born in Phoenixville, Chester County, Pa., February 13, 1861; moved with his mother to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1863; became an orphan when three years of age; was raised in a Catholic orphanage where he remained until 1880; attended the common schools and Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.; moved to Riverside, Iowa, where he established and edited the Riverside Leader; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Kiowa, Barber County, Kans.; publisher of the Kiowa Herald; first postmaster of New Kiowa (later Kiowa), and served from December 5, 1884, to July 17, 1885; city attorney 1886-1889; moved to Oklahoma; postmaster of Guthrie from April 4, 1889, to December 20, 1892; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1903); was nominated but declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1904; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1908; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; died in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 19, 1939; interment in Fairlawn Cemetery.

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

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