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Lester David VOLK

(1884-1962)

VOLK, Lester David, a Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., September 17, 1884; attended the public and high schools; was graduated from Long Island Medical School in 1906 and from St. Lawrence University Law School in 1911; in 1906 engaged in the practice of medicine; editor of the Medical Economist; was admitted to the bar in 1913 and engaged in the practice of law; elected as a Progressive to the New York Assembly in 1912; declined to be a candidate for renomination; coroner’s physician in 1914; during the First World War served as first lieutenant in the Medical Corps with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918 and 1919; was largely instrumental in securing the soldiers’ bonus granted by the State of New York; judge advocate of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the State of New York in 1922; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1920, 1924, 1942, and 1946; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Reuben L. Haskell; reelected to the Sixty-seventh Congress and served from November 2, 1920, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; member from New York City on the American Waterways Commission in 1924; assistant attorney general of New York State from March 1, 1943, to January 15, 1958; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 30, 1962; interment in Bayside Cemetery, Ozone Park, N.Y.

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

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