Leonard Irving

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Theodore Leonard Irving (March 24, 1898 – March 8, 1962) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, Irving moved with his parents to a farm in North Dakota. He attended the public schools of North Dakota. He worked for a railroad as a boy and during the First World War. He left the railroad to become manager of a theater in Montana. He moved to California and was manager of a hotel. He moved to Jackson County, Missouri, in 1934 and was employed as a construction worker and later became a representative of the American Federation of Labor.

Irving was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress. Defeated for Democratic nomination in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress. Labor organizer and later president of a labor union in Kansas City, Missouri. He died in Washington, D.C., while on a business trip March 8, 1962. He was interred in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
C. Jasper Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jeffrey Paul Hillelson