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Francis John MYERS

(1901-1956)
Senate Years of Service:
1945-1951
Party:
Democrat

MYERS, Francis John, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., December 18, 1901; attended the public schools; graduated from St. Joseph’s College in 1923 and from the law department of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1927; instructor in St. Joseph’s High School, Philadelphia, Pa., 1923-1927; admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; secretary to the district attorney of Philadelphia 1929-1931; attorney for the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation 1934-1935; deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania 1937; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth, Seventy-seventh, and Seventy-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1945); was not a candidate for renomination in 1944, having received the Democratic nomination for Senator; elected to the United States Senate in 1944 and served from January 3, 1945, to January 3, 1951; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950; Democratic whip 1949-1951; resumed the practice of law; at time of death was chairman of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and a member of the General State Authority and the Greater Philadelphia Movement; died in Philadelphia, Pa., July 5, 1956; interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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

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