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Elmer James RYAN

(1907-1958)

RYAN, Elmer James, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Rosemount, Dakota County, Minn., May 26, 1907; attended the public schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1929; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in South St. Paul, Minn.; city attorney of South St. Paul 1933-1934; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1936 and 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law; entered active duty in the United States Army on June 23, 1942, as a lieutenant in the Selective Service; was promoted to captain and transferred to the Judge Advocate General’s department, later promoted to major and was discharged on October 1, 1945; again resumed the practice of law in South St. Paul, Minn.; died in an automobile accident on Highway 35, five miles north of Somerset, Wis., February 1, 1958; interment in Rosemount Cemetery, Rosemount, Minn.

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

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