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KLECZKA, John Casimir, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Milwaukee, Wis., on May 6, 1885; attended the parochial schools; was graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1905; took postgraduate courses at Catholic University at Washington, D.C., and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Milwaukee; served in the State senate 1909-1911; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; commissioner of the circuit court of Milwaukee County 1914-1918; major judge advocate in the United States Army Reserves after the First World War; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1923); did not seek renomination in 1922 but returned to the practice of law; elected circuit court judge in 1930 and served until his retirement due to ill health in 1953; appointed a conciliation judge and court commissioner by the circuit judges in 1957 and served until his death; died in Milwaukee, Wis., April 21, 1959; interment in St. Adalbert's Cemetery.[ Top ]