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Michael Francis PHELAN

(1875-1941)

PHELAN, Michael Francis, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lynn, Essex County, Mass., October 22, 1875; attended the public schools; was graduated from Lynn Classical High School, from the academic department of Harvard University in 1897, and from the law department of the same university in 1900; was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Lynn; member of the State house of representatives in 1905 and 1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; practiced law in Lynn and Boston, Mass., and Washington, D.C.; member of the Merrimac Valley Sewage Commission in 1937; appointed a member of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board in 1937 and served until his death in Boston, Mass., October 12, 1941; interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn, Mass.

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

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