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Fletcher B. SWANK

(1875-1950)

SWANK, Fletcher B., a Representative from Oklahoma; born near Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, April 24, 1875; moved with his parents to Beef Creek, Indian Territory, in 1888; attended an academy in Noble, Okla., and University of Oklahoma at Norman; superintendent of schools of Cleveland County, Okla., 1903-1907; private secretary to Congressman Scott Ferris in 1907 and 1908; attended the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1907 and 1908, and was graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1909; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Norman, Cleveland County, Okla.; judge of the county court of Cleveland County, Okla., 1911-1915; judge of the fourteenth judicial district of Oklahoma from 1915 to September 1920, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; elected to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934; died in Norman, Okla., March 16, 1950; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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

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