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Pehr Gustaf HOLMES

(1881-1952)

HOLMES, Pehr Gustaf, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Mölnbacka, Värmland, Sweden, April 9, 1881; in 1886 immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Worcester, Mass.; attended the public schools; engaged in manufacturing; also engaged in the banking and insurance business; member of the common council of Worcester, Mass., 1908-1911; member of the board of aldermen 1913-1916, serving as president in 1915 and 1916; mayor of Worcester 1917-1919; member of the Governor’s council, seventh Massachusetts district 1925-1928; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; returned to Worcester, Mass., and his electrotype business; died in Venice, Fla., December 19, 1952; interment in Old Swedish Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.

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

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