Leo F. Rayfiel

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Leo F. Rayfiel, New York Congressman and Judge

Leo Frederick Rayfiel (March 22, 1888 – November 18, 1978) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on March 22, 1888, in New York City. He graduated from the New York University Law School in 1908. He was admitted to the bar in 1918, and commenced practice in Brooklyn.

Rayfiel was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 2nd D.) from 1939 to 1944, sitting in the 162nd, 163rd and 164th New York State Legislatures.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 79th and 80th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1945, to September 13, 1947, when he resigned to accept an appointment to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He remained on the bench until his death.

Rayfiel died on November 18, 1978, in Wayne, New Jersey; and was buried at the Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn, New York.

Screenwriter David Rayfiel (1923–2011) was his son.[1]

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  1. ^ William Grimes (June 23, 2011). "David Rayfiel, Screenwriter With Sydney Pollack, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Benjamin Brenner
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
J. Sidney Levine
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Arthur G. Klein
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abraham J. Multer
Legal offices
Preceded by
Grover M. Moscowitz
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Succeeded by
Jack B. Weinstein