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Roy William WIER

(1888-1963)

WIER, Roy William, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Redfield, Spink County, S.Dak., February 25, 1888; moved with his parents in 1896 to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; attended the public schools and North High School; learned the telephone and electrical trade, later going into theatrical stage-lighting work; during the First World War served in the United States Army for eighteen months, with overseas service; in 1920 became active in the trade-union movement in Minneapolis and had been officially a representative of the Trades and Labor Assembly of Minneapolis; member of the State house of representatives 1933-1939; member of the Minneapolis Board of Education 1939-1948 and the board of directors of Hennepin County Red Cross; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress; was a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., until May 1962, when he moved to Edmonds, Wash.; died in Seattle, Wash., June 27, 1963; remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in the columbarium of Evergreen Washelli Cemetery.

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

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