Dingell, John D. (John David), 1894-1955

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John David Dingell Sr. (February 2, 1894 – September 19, 1955) was an American politician who represented Michigan's 15th congressional district from 1933 to 1955. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was the father of the longest-serving member of Congress, former U.S. Representative John Dingell.

Dingell was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marie Ciesielski Opalewska and Joseph A. Dzieglewicz, who were Polish immigrants. The family's surname ended up being anglicized to 'Dingell'. He worked as a newsboy, printer and newspaperman. He had also engaged in the construction of natural gas pipelines, was a wholesale dealer in beef and pork products and an organizer and trustee of Colorado Springs Labor College.

Dingell married Grace Blossom Bigler (1894–1962) and had four children: John Jr., Patricia Ann, James, and Julè. Patricia Ann, known as Patsy, died shortly after her first birthday. Dingell settled his family in Detroit, where he worked as a printer at the Detroit Free Press, helping to organize a union. Dingell suffered from asthma and tuberculosis, which caused the family to briefly relocate to Colorado Springs to seek treatment there. There, John Jr. was born in 1926.

Following the 1930 U.S. Census, Michigan gained four new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1932, Dingell was elected as a Democrat from the newly formed 15th District in western Detroit. He was reelected eleven times and served until his death at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., at the age of 61. He is interred at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

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referencedIn George Murphy papers, 1911-1961 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Kemp, Edward Gearing, 1887-1962. Edward G. Kemp papers, 1920-1962 and undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1962. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Rudolph E. Reichert Papers, 1907-1962 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Stellanova Osborn papers, 1907-1988 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Microfilm Reels of the Committee for the Nation's Health Records from the Michael M. Davis Collection, In the New York Academy of Medicine, 1939-1955 (bulk 1946-1955) History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Roy Dikeman Chapin Papers, 1886-1945, 1910-1936 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954, 1934-1952 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Committee for the Nation's Health. Committee for the Nation's Health records, 1939-1956 (bulk 1946-1955) [microform]. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Official Files (Truman Administration), 1945 - 1953. Official Files , 1945 - 1953. Socialized Medicine, OF 286a Harry S. Truman Library
creatorOf John D. Dingell Papers, 1932-1956 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
contributorOf Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. Prentiss Marsh Brown papers, 1902-1973. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dingell, John D. (John David), 1894-1955. John D. Dingell papers, 1932-1956. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789 - 2015. Committee Papers, 1793 - 1946. Committee Papers of the Committee on Elections Numbers 1 through 3 from the 73rd Congress. National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
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associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936 person
associatedWith Committee for the Nation's Health. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for the Nation's Health Records corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic Party (U.S.) corporateBody
parent-in-law of Dingell, Helen H. person
parentOf Dingell, John D. person
associatedWith Kemp, Edward Gearing, 1887-1962. person
associatedWith Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975 person
associatedWith Moody, Blair, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949 person
associatedWith Murphy, George, 1897-1961 person
associatedWith Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988 person
associatedWith Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Colorado Springs CO US
District of Columbia DC US
Dearborn MI US
Detroit MI US
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Insurance--United States
Taxation
Immigrants--United States
Insurance
Courts
Tariff
Civil service
Taxation--United States
Tariff--United States
New Deal, 1933-1939
Alcoholic beverage industry
Courts--Michigan
Emigration and immigration
Judges--United States
Occupation
Wholesalers
Printers (people)
Journalists
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Michigan
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Birth 1894-02-02

Death 1955-09-19

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Americans

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