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Charles Joseph KERSTEN

(1902-1972)

KERSTEN, Charles Joseph, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Chicago, Ill., May 26, 1902; was graduated from Marquette University College of Law, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1925 and was admitted to the bar the same year; commenced the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1928; first assistant district attorney of Milwaukee County 1937-1943; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; elected to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955); chairman, Select Committee on Communist Aggression (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; White House consultant on psychological warfare, 1955-1956; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law until his death October 31, 1972, in Milwaukee, Wis.; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

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