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Fred Dickinson LETTS

(1875-1965)

LETTS, Fred Dickinson, (cousin of Lester Jesse Dickinson), a Representative from Iowa; born near Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa, April 26, 1875; attended the common schools of Washington County; was graduated from Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, in 1897 and from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1899; was admitted to the bar in 1899 and commenced practice in Davenport, Iowa; appointed judge of the seventh judicial district of Iowa on March 25, 1911, and served until December 31, 1912; elected to the same position in 1914, and served until his resignation on February 28, 1925, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; appointed by President Hoover an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now United States District Court for the District of Columbia) May 5, 1931, and served until his retirement May 31, 1961; died in Washington, D.C., January 19, 1965; interment in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Iowa.

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

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