Rayfiel, Leo Frederick, 1888-1978

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Leo Frederick Rayfiel (March 22, 1888 – November 18, 1978) was a United States Representative from New York and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Born in New York City, New York, Rayfiel received a Bachelor of Laws from New York University School of Law in 1908. He read law in 1918. He was in private practice of law in Brooklyn, New York from 1918 to 1945. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1939 to 1944. He was a United States Representative from New York from 1945 to 1947.

Rayfiel was elected as a Democrat to the 79th United States Congress, reelected to the 80th United States Congress and served from January 3, 1945, until his resignation on September 13, 1947. Rayfiel was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on June 30, 1947, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York vacated by Judge Grover M. Moscowitz. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 1947, and received his commission on July 30, 1947, resigning on September 13, 1947 to assume his seat. Rayfiel assumed senior status on March 4, 1966. His service was terminated on November 18, 1978, due to his death in Wayne, New Jersey. He was interred in Wellwood Cemetery in West Babylon, New York.

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Peter V. Cacchione Papers, Bulk, 1944-1947, 1936-1947 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Cacchione, Peter V., 1897-1947 person
memberOf New York (State). Legislature. Assembly corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf New York university. School of law corporateBody
associatedWith Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 person
memberOf United States. Congress. House person
associatedWith United States. District Court (New York : Eastern District) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Township of Wayne NJ US
New York City NY US
Federal Judge
Representatives, U.S. Congress
State Representative


Birth 1888-03-22

Death 1978-11-18





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