Leonard Irving

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

Leonard Irving
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1949  January 3, 1953
Preceded byC. Jasper Bell
Succeeded byJeffrey Paul Hillelson
Personal details
Theodore Leonard Irving

(1898-03-24)March 24, 1898
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedMarch 8, 1962(1962-03-08) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeMount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

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

1948 Missouri's 4th congressional district
 DemocraticLeonard Irving74,72564.1%
 RepublicanRichard A. Erickson41,57635.7%
 ProgressiveR.D. Farnsworth2520.2%
 Democratic hold
1950 Missouri's 4th congressional district
 DemocraticLeonard Irving53,42461.6%
 RepublicanVernon D. Fulcrut33,36738.4%
 Democratic hold
1952 Missouri's 4th congressional district
 DemocraticLeonard Irving84,89946.7%
 RepublicanJeffrey P. Hillelson96,98853.3%
 Republican gain from Democratic

See also


  • United States Congress. "Leonard Irving (id: I000037)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. 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
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