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Roland Victor LIBONATI

(1900-1991)

LIBONATI, Roland Victor, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 29, 1900; Lewis Institute, A.A., 1918; during the First World War served as a lieutenant in the United States Army; graduated from the University of Michigan in 1921 and from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Law School, J.D., 1924; was admitted to the bar in 1924 and commenced law practice in Chicago, Ill.; member, Illinois State house of representatives, 1930-1934, 1940-1942, and State senate, 1942-1947; founder and owner of American Boys’ Camp for indigent children at Coloma, Wis.; delegate to each State convention from 1942 to 1987; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James B. Bowler; reelected to the Eighty-sixth, Eighty-seventh, and the Eighty-eighth Congresses (December 31, 1957-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Chicago, Ill., until his death on May 30, 1991; interment at Calvary Cemetery.

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

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