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O’KONSKI, Alvin Edward

(1904—1987)


O’KONSKI, Alvin Edward, a Representative from Wisconsin; born on a farm near Kewaunee, Kewaunee County, Wis., May 26, 1904; attended the public schools and the University of Iowa at Iowa City; was graduated from State Teachers College, Oshkosh, Wis., in 1927, and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1932; instructor in high schools at Omro and Oconto, Wis., 1926-1929; member of the faculty of Oregon State College at Corvallis 1929-1931, and at the University of Detroit, Detroit, Mich., 1936-1938; superintendent of schools, Pulaski, Wis., 1932-1935; instructor at a junior college, Coleraine, Minn., in 1936; educator, journalist, and lecturer; editor and publisher, Hurley, Wis., 1940-1942; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1973); unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1957 to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident of Rhinelander, Wis., until his death in Kewaunee, Wis., on July 8, 1987; interment in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery.

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

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