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Lorraine Michael GENSMAN

(1878-1954)

GENSMAN, Lorraine Michael, a Representative from Oklahoma; born near Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., August 26, 1878; attended the district schools, the Garden Plain Graded School, Wichita Commercial College, Lewis Academy, and the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia; principal of the Andale (Kans.) schools in 1896 and 1897; was graduated from the law department of the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1901; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Lawrence, Kans.; moved to Lawton, Okla., in 1901; served as referee in bankruptcy 1902-1907; prosecuting attorney of Comanche County in 1918 and 1919; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress and for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924; engaged in the oil business; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1953; died in Lawton, Okla., May 27, 1954; interment in Highland Cemetery.

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

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