DICKINSON, Lester Jesse (1873-1968)

Republican of Iowa

0th congressional district

Served in Senate 1931-1936

Served in House 1919-1931

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DICKINSON, Lester Jesse, (cousin of Fred Dickinson Letts), Representative and a Senator from Iowa; born in Derby, Lucas County, Iowa, October 29, 1873; attended the public schools; graduated from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1898, and from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1899; admitted to the bar in 1899 and commenced practice in Algona, Iowa; second lieutenant in the Fifty-second Infantry, Iowa National Guard, 1900-1902; city clerk of Algona 1900-1904; prosecuting attorney of Kossuth County 1909-1913; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1930 and served from March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1937; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 and for election in 1938; resumed the practice of law in Des Moines, Iowa, where he died on June 4, 1968; interment in Algona Cemetery, Algona, Iowa.
Courtesy of Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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