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Roy Henry THORPE


THORPE, Roy Henry, a Representative from Nebraska; born near Greensburg, Decatur County, Ind., December 13, 1874; attended the country schools and Greensburg (Ind.) High School; studied pharmacy, medicine, and law; engaged in evangelistic work and was known as “The boy tramp orator of 1896”; was employed as a salesman in Du Quoin, Ill., 1897-1904, and in Shenandoah, Iowa, 1905-1919; engaged in secret-service work in the State of Iowa in 1917 and 1918; moved to Nebraska in 1919 and settled in Lincoln, where he resumed the occupation of salesman; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of C. Frank Reavis and served from November 7, 1922, to March 3, 1923; was not a candidate for renomination to the Sixty-eighth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress; traveled as a sales organizer and later engaged in the insurance business; died in Lincoln, Nebr., September 19, 1951; interment in Wyuka Cemetery.

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