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Thomas David SCHALL

(1878-1935)
Senate Years of Service:
1925-1935
Party:
Republican

SCHALL, Thomas David, a Representative and a Senator from Minnesota; born in Reed City, Osceola County, Mich., June 4, 1878; moved with his mother to Campbell, Minn., in 1884; attended the common schools, but ran away to join the circus; attended Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., 1898-1899; graduated from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1902 and from St. Paul College of Law in 1904; admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice at Minneapolis; in 1907 lost his sight as the result of an electric shock but continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1925); was not a candidate for renomination, having become a candidate for the United States Senate; chairman, Committee on Alcoholic Liquor Traffic (Sixty-seventh Congress), Committee on Flood Control (Sixty-eighth Congress); elected in 1924 as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1930 and served from March 4, 1925, until his death; chairman, Committee on Interoceanic Canals (Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses); died in Washington, D.C., December 22, 1935, as the result of being struck by an automobile; interment in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services. 74th Cong., 2nd sess., 1936. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1936.

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

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