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Charles Isaac SPARKS

(1872-1937)

SPARKS, Charles Isaac, a Representative from Kansas; born on a farm near Ontario, in Jackson Township, Boone County, Iowa, December 20, 1872; educated in the rural schools and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa; was graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1896; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Boone, Iowa; served as prosecuting attorney of Boone County 1899-1902; chairman of the Republican county committee in 1898; moved to Goodland, Sherman County, Kans., in 1907 and continued the practice of law; served as city attorney and was a member of the Goodland School Board; judge of the thirty-fourth judicial district of Kansas 1915-1929; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1933); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1933 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harold Louderback, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Goodland, Kans., until his death there on April 30, 1937; interment in the Goodland Cemetery.

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

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