Edward Rowan Finnegan

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Edward Rowan Finnegan

Edward Rowan Finnegan (June 5, 1905 – February 2, 1971) of Chicago was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1961 until 1964.

Finnegan was born in Chicago and graduated with a BA from Loyola University Chicago and a law degree from the DePaul University School of Law in 1930. He started practicing as an attorney in 1931 and then served as an Assistant State's attorney in Cook County. Later, Finnegan served as the Assistant Corporation Counsel for Chicago.

Finnegan unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the position of a Chicago municipal court judge in 1939.

In 1960, Finnegan was elected to Congress from Illinois' 12th district. After redistricting, Finnegan's district was merged with the neighboring 9th District of fellow Democrat Sidney Yates. Finnegan transferred to the 9th, since Yates was giving up his seat to run for the United States Senate. Yates lost, and Chicago's machine bosses persuaded Finnegan to stand down in 1964 and hand the 9th back to Yates.

In return for his co-operation, Finnegan was appointed as a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County. He resigned his seat in Congress on December 6, 1964 and commenced his service on the bench the following day. He continued to serve until his death in 1971.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Boyle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th congressional district

January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
Robert McClory
Preceded by
Sidney R. Yates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1963 – December 6, 1964
Succeeded by
Sidney R. Yates