George M. Rhodes

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George M. Rhodes (February 24, 1898 – October 23, 1978) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

George M. Rhodes was born in Reading, PA. During the First World War he served in the United States Army. He worked as a printer for the Reading Eagle Co. from 1913 to 1927, and business manager for the Reading Labor Advocate from 1927 to 1942. He was an A.F. of L. labor representative. He was editor and manager of the Lancaster New Era from 1942 to 1949. He was President of Federated Trades Council, A.F. of L. Central Labor Union from 1928 to 1951. He was a member of the Reading Housing Authority from 1938 to 1948. He was a delegate to the Socialist National Conventions in 1928 and 1932, and to Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1956.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 81st Congress in 1948, defeating incumbent Republican Congressman Frederick A. Muhlenberg, and re-elected to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1969). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1968.

The George M. Rhodes Apartments in Reading, PA are named after him.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick A. Muhlenberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel K. McConnell, Jr.
Preceded by
Joseph L. Carrigg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
William S. Moorhead
Preceded by
Herman Toll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Gus Yatron