CHURCH, Ralph Edwin

CHURCH, Ralph Edwin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1883–1950

Biography

CHURCH, Ralph Edwin, (husband of Marguerite Stitt Church), a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near Catlin, Vermilion County, Ill., on May 5, 1883; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1907 and from the law department of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1909; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; elected to the State house of representatives in 1916, resigning during the First World War to attend the Reserve Officers' Training Camp; again a member of the State house of representatives 1917-1932; lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve 1938-1941; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1941); was not a candidate for renomination in 1940, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for United States Senator; delegate to the Interparliamentary Conference at Oslo, Norway, in 1939; elected to the Seventy-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943- March 21, 1950); died on Mar. 21, 1950, while appearing before the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments, in the House Office Building, Washington, D.C.; interment in Memorial Park, Skokie, Ill.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1935-1941, 125 items. The papers include correspondence from constituents registering reaction to proposed Burke-Wadsworth Bill providing for compulsory military service.

Chicago History Museum
Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: In the Sterling Morton Papers, 1885-1961, 30 items.. Correspondents include Ralph Church. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.

Evanston Historical Society

Evanston, IL
Papers: In the Marguerite Stitt Church Papers, 1919-1981, 2.5 linear feet. The collection contains personal and political papers of Marguerite Stitt Church. Documents include programs and announcements of official events, press clippings and releases, speeches, and a book relating to a special political committee (1961). The papers also consist of letters of congratulations from Members of the House of Representatives for Marguerite Church's retirement from office in 1962, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings relating to her husband Ralph Church's political career (1934, 1938, and 1940), and material relating to Ralph Church's death.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 81st Cong., 2d sess., 1950. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Ralph Edwin Church, late a Representative from Illinois. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1950.

Weber, Charles H., contestant. Contested-election case of Charles H. Weber v. James Simpson, Jr., and Ralph E. Church, from the Tenth Congressional District of Illinois [before the House of Representatives]. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1933.

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