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THOM, William Richard (1885-1960)

THOM, WILLIAM RICHARD, a Representative from Ohio; born in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, July 7, 1885; attended the public schools; engaged as a newspaper reporter 1905-1909; attended Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1909-1911; served as private secretary to Congressman John J. Whitacre 1911-1913; member of the United States House of Representatives Press Galleries in 1915 and 1916; was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1916; was admitted to the bar in 1917 and commenced practice in Canton, Ohio; member of the park commission of Canton 1920-1932; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to Congress in 1920; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; elected to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956; died in Canton, Ohio, August 28, 1960; interment in West Lawn Cemetery.