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Philip James WELCH

(1895-1963)

WELCH, Philip James, a Representative from Missouri; born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., April 4, 1895; educated in the public schools; engaged in the furniture business 1916-1931; treasurer of city of St. Joseph 1932-1936 and mayor 1936-1946; delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1940; assistant director of Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Kansas City, Mo., in 1946 and 1947; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress but was unsuccessful for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination; served with the State civil defense and later with the State industrial inspection division; was a resident of St. Joseph, Mo., until his death in Methodist Hospital April 26, 1963; interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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