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James Hilary GILDEA

(1890-1988)

GILDEA, James Hilary, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Coaldale, Schuylkill County, Pa., October 21, 1890; attended the public schools; apprenticed to the printing trade in 1905; engaged in the newspaper publishing business since 1910, when he founded the Coaldale (Pa.) Observer; chairman of the Coaldale Relief Society 1930-1933, and of the Panther Valley Miners’ Equalization Committee; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the Seventy-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress, for election in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress, and in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress; resumed newspaper publishing until his retirement in 1972; superintendent, Coaldale State Hospital, 1962-1965; resumed his career of editing, publishing, and printing; was a resident of Arlington, Va., until his death there on June 5, 1988; interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Summit Hill, Pa.

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

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