Leonard Irving

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Leonard Irving
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by C. Jasper Bell
Succeeded by Jeffrey Paul Hillelson
Personal details
Born Theodore Leonard Irving
(1898-03-24)March 24, 1898
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died March 8, 1962(1962-03-08) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic

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 on March 8, 1962 in Washington, D.C., while on a business trip. He was interred in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City.

Electoral history[edit]

1948 Missouri's 4th congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
  Democratic Leonard Irving 74,725 64.1%
  Republican Richard A. Erickson 41,576 35.7%
  Progressive R.D. Farnsworth 252 0.2%
  Socialist-Labor Overheu 11 0.01%
Majority
  Democratic hold


1950 Missouri's 4th congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
  Democratic Leonard Irving 53,424 61.6%
  Republican Vernon D. Fulcrut 33,367 38.4%
Majority
  Democratic hold
1952 Missouri's 4th congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
  Democratic Leonard Irving 84,899 46.7%
  Republican Jeffrey P. Hillelson 96,988 53.3%
Majority
  Republican gain from Democratic

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References[edit]

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

1949–1953
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Paul Hillelson