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Thomas Sylvy GORDON

(1893-1959)

GORDON, Thomas Sylvy, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., December 17, 1893; attended the parochial schools and was graduated from St. Stanislaus College, Chicago, Ill., in 1912; engaged in the banking business 1916-1920; associated with a Polish-language daily newspaper 1921-1942, starting as a clerk and advancing to head cashier and office manager; commissioner of Chicago West Parks 1933-1936 and of public vehicle licenses 1936-1939; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936; city treasurer of Chicago, Ill., 1939-1942; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1959); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Eighty-fifth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; died in Chicago, Ill., January 22, 1959; interment in St. Adalbert Cemetery (Niles), Chicago, Ill.

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

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