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Leo Joseph RYAN

(1925-1978)

RYAN, Leo Joseph, a Representative from California; born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., May 5, 1925; attended schools in Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin; A.B., Creighton University, Omaha, Nebr., 1949; M.S., same university, 1951; served in the United States Navy in ComSubPac, Pacific Theater, 1943-1946; teacher and school administrator; city councilman, 1956-1962; served as mayor, South San Francisco, Calif., 1962; member, California State assembly, 1962-1972; delegate to California State Democratic conventions, 1956-1972; delegate to Democratic National Conventions, 1964-1968; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1973, until his death November 18, 1978, in an ambush at the airstrip of Port Kaituma, Guyana; interment in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif.

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

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