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John Henry MARSALIS

(1904-1971)

MARSALIS, John Henry, a Representative from Colorado; born in McComb, Pike County, Miss., May 9, 1904; attended the public schools of McComb, Miss.; moved with his parents to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1922; student at the University of Mississippi in 1925 and 1926; graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1934; was admitted to the bar March 14, 1935, and commenced the practice of law in Pueblo, Colo.; investigator in district attorney’s office in Pueblo in 1935 and 1936; entered the United States Army May 11, 1942, assigned to the Weather Squadron, United States Air Force, and was discharged on June 16, 1945; elected district attorney, tenth judicial district of Colorado, in 1944 and took oath of office while on furlough January 9, 1945; assumed duties upon release from Army and served until December 1948; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1951); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress and for election in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; appointed city attorney December 15, 1952, and served in that capacity until elected district judge, tenth judicial district of Colorado, November 1954; served in that office until his retirement February 28, 1962; resided in Pueblo, Colo., where he died June 26, 1971; interment in Roselawn Cemetery.

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

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