Kenneth J. Gray

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Kenneth J. Gray

Kenneth James Gray (born November 14, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in West Frankfort, Illinois, Gray attended the West Frankfort and Pope County elementary schools and graduated from Frankfort Community High School. He was owner of Gray Motors, West Frankfort, Illinois from 1942 to 1954. A certified pilot, he operated an air service at Benton, Illinois, 1948 to 1952. During World War II, he served from January 1943 as a crew chief with the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa. He served with the combat engineers of the Fifth Army in Italy. He returned to the Twelfth Air Force and participated in combat over southern France and central Europe until discharged as a first sergeant in December 1945. He was one of the founders of the Walking Dog Foundation for the Blind. He is a licensed auctioneer.

Gray was elected as a Democrat to the 84th and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1955, until his resignation December 31, 1974. He was known as the primary backer of converting Washington, D.C.'s Union Station into the National Visitor Center.[1] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1974 to the 94th Congress.

Gray was elected as a Democrat to the 99th and 100th Congresses (January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1989). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1988 to the 101st Congress. He is a resident of West Frankfort, Illinois. Also an amateur magician, in 1958 he appeared as a guest challenger on the TV panel show "To Tell The Truth".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maureen Dowd (1982-10-25). "In Washington, D.C.: Last Stop for Union Station". Time. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
C. W. Bishop
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 25th Congressional District
1955–1963
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Peter F. Mack, Jr.
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 21st Congressional District
1963–1973
Succeeded by
Edward R. Madigan
Preceded by
Melvin Price
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 24th Congressional District
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Paul Simon
Preceded by
Paul Simon
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 22nd Congressional District
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Glenn Poshard

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