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Levin Irving HANDY

(1861-1922)

HANDY, Levin Irving, (nephew of William Campbell Preston Breckenridge), a Representative from Delaware; born in Berlin, Worcester County, Md., December 24, 1861; attended the public schools in Maryland and New York; taught school at Damos Quarter, Somerset County, Md.; elected principal of the high school at Smyrna, Del., in 1881; superintendent of free schools in Kent County 1887-1890; principal of Old Newark Academy, Newark, Del., 1890-1892; chairman of the Democratic State central committee 1892-1896; editorial writer on the Wilmington Every Evening in 1894 and 1895; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1899 and practiced in Wilmington, Del.; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifty-sixth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for attorney general in 1904; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1900, 1904, and 1908; resumed the practice of law in Wilmington, Del., and died there February 3, 1922; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna, Del.

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

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