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Byron Berry HARLAN

(1886-1949)

HARLAN, Byron Berry, a Representative from Ohio; born in Greenville, Darke County, Ohio, October 22, 1886; moved with his parents to Dayton, Ohio, in 1894; attended the public schools; was graduated from the Law College of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1909 and from its College of Arts and Sciences in 1911; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Dayton, Ohio, in 1911; assistant prosecuting attorney of Montgomery County, Ohio, 1912-1916; president of the Ohio Federated Humane Societies 1928-1943 and honorary vice president of the American Humane Association in 1938; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1939); chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws (Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940; United States district attorney for the southern district of Ohio from May 1944 until March 1946; appointed judge of the Tax Court of the United States in 1946 and served until his death in Williamsport, Pa., November 11, 1949; interment in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

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

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