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Frank LAWLER

(1842-1896)

LAWLER, Frank, a Representative from Illinois; born in Rochester, N.Y., June 25, 1842; attended the public schools; moved with his parents to Chicago, Ill., in 1854; news agent on a railroad for several years and also a brakeman; learned the trade of shipbuilder; was active in organizing trade and labor unions and served as president of the Ship Carpenters and Calkers’ Association; employed in the Chicago post office as a letter carrier 1869-1877; member of the city council 1876-1885; engaged in business as a liquor merchant in 1878; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for sheriff of Cook County in 1891; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1895 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected a member of the board of aldermen in 1896 and served until his death in Chicago, Ill., January 17, 1896; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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

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