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John Mills HOUSTON

(1890-1975)

HOUSTON, John Mills, a Representative from Kansas; born on a farm near Formosa, Jewell County, Kans., September 15, 1890; attended the public schools of Wichita, Kans., St. John’s Military School, Salina, Kans., and Fairmount University, Wichita, Kans.; engaged in the theatrical business 1912-1917; during the First World War served as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps 1917-1919; engaged in the retail lumber business at Newton, Kans., 1919-1934; mayor of Newton 1927-1931; secretary of the Democratic State central committee in 1934 and 1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; appointed a member of the National Labor Relations Board on March 15, 1943, and served until his retirement on August 27, 1953; resided in Laguna Beach, Calif., where he died April 29, 1975; interment in Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim, Calif.

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

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