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Claudius Ulysses STONE

(1879-1957)

STONE, Claudius Ulysses, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm in Menard County, near Greenview, Ill., May 11, 1879; attended the rural school and Western Normal College, Bushnell, Ill.; at the age of seventeen taught in the Bee Grove rural school in Menard County for one year; principal of Brimfield (Ill.) Public Schools for two years; during the Spanish-American War served as a corporal in Company K, Fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, from May 1898 to May 1899 with service in Cuba; studied law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; elected superintendent of schools for Peoria County, Ill., in 1902, reelected in 1906 and served until 1910; president of the Association of County Superintendents of Schools of Illinois in 1909; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Peoria, Ill.; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second, Sixty-third, and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; postmaster of Peoria from 1917 until he resigned in October 1920 to practice law; master in chancery of the circuit court of Peoria County from June 5, 1928, to January 20, 1945; editor and publisher of the Peoria Star from 1938 until 1949; died in Peoria, Ill., November 13, 1957; interment in Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

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

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