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William A. ROWAN

(1882-1961)

ROWAN, William A., a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 24, 1882; was graduated from St. Patrick Grade School and St. Patrick High School and attended the University of Chicago; employed in a steel plant after graduation; associated with a daily community newspaper in Chicago, becoming city editor and editor, 1907-1927; served as alderman of the tenth ward of Chicago 1927-1942; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; appointed United States Comptroller of Customs at Chicago, Ill., on January 21, 1947, in which capacity he served until 1953; died in Chicago, Ill., May 31, 1961; interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Ill.

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

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