LONDON, Meyer, a Representative from New York; born in Kalvaria, Russia, December 29, 1871; attended a primary school and also received private instruction, principally in languages; immigrated to the United States October 1, 1891, and settled in New York City; admitted to citizenship in the United States in 1896; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1896 and practiced in New York City; active in the Socialist and labor movements for more than thirty years; leader of the garment workers’ strike in New York City in 1910; elected as a Socialist to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; elected to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; engaged in the practice of law until his death in New York City on June 6, 1926, as the result of an automobile accident; interment in “Writers’ Lane,” a plot in Mount Carmel Cemetery, New York City.
BibliographyGoldberg, Gordon J. “Meyer London: A Political Biography.” Ph.D. diss., Lehigh University, 1971; Rogoff, Harry. An East Side Epic: The Life and Work of Meyer London. New York: Vanguard Press, 1930.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present