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Fred Cramer GILCHRIST

(1868-1950)

GILCHRIST, Fred Cramer, a Representative from Iowa; born in California, Washington County, Pa., June 2, 1868; moved with his parents to Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1871; attended the public schools; was graduated from State Teachers’ College, Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1886; teacher and superintendent of schools in Laurens and Rolfe, Iowa, 1886-1890; superintendent of schools of Pocahontas County, Iowa, 1890-1892; was graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1893; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Laurens, Iowa; member of the State house of representatives 1902-1904; president of the board of education of Laurens, Iowa, 1905-1928; served in the State senate 1923-1931; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; resumed the practice of law; died in Laurens, Iowa, March 10, 1950; interment in Laurens Cemetery.

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

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