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John Leonard PILCHER

(1898-1981)

PILCHER, John Leonard, a Representative from Georgia; born on a farm near Meigs, Thomas County, Ga., August 27, 1898; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits for thirty-five years; also operated general mercantile business, cotton gin, warehouses, fertilizer manufacturing plant, and syrup canning plant; mayor and councilman of Meigs, Ga.; member of the board of education and a county commissioner; member of the State house of representatives; member of the State senate 1940-1944; State purchasing agent in 1948 and 1949; delegate, each State and National Democratic Convention for thirty years; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of E.E. Cox; reelected to the Eighty-fourth and the four succeeding Congresses and served from February 4, 1953, to January 3, 1965; was not a candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resided in Meigs, Ga., where he died August 20, 1981; interment in Meigs Sunset Cemetery.

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

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