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Horace Jeremiah (Jerry) VOORHIS

(1901-1984)

VOORHIS, Horace Jeremiah (Jerry), a Representative from California; born in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kans., April 6, 1901; attended the public schools in Ottawa, Kans., Oklahoma City, Okla., Peoria, Ill., and Pontiac, Mich; was graduated from Yale University in 1923 and from Claremont (Calif.) College in 1928; worked in a factory, handled freight on the railroads, and worked as a cowboy in Wyoming; traveling representative for Y.M.C.A. in Germany in 1923 and 1924; worked in an automobile assembling plant in Charlotte, N.C., in 1924 and 1925; teacher in Allendale Farm School, Lake Villa, Ill., in 1925 and 1926 and Dray Cottage Home for Boys, Laramie, Wyo., in 1926 and 1927; headmaster and trustee of Voorhis School for Boys, San Dimas, Calif., 1928-1938; lecturer at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., 1930-1935; unsuccessful candidate for the State assembly in 1934; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; author; executive director of the Cooperative League of the United States of America, 1947-1967; became secretary, Group Health Association of America, in 1947; resided in Claremont, Calif., until his death there, September 11, 1984; interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena, Calif.

Bibliography

Bullock, Paul. Jerry Voorhis, The Idealist as Politician. New York: Vantage, 1978; Voorhis, Jerry. Confessions of a Congressman. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1947. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1970.

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

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