BISHOP, Cecil William (Runt), (1890 - 1971)


Photograph, 1943, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

BISHOP, Cecil William (Runt), a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near West Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., June 29, 1890; attended the public schools, and Union Academy, Anna, Ill.; learned the tailoring trade; worked as coal miner, telephone linesman, professional football and baseball player and manager; engaged in the cleaning-tailoring business 1910-1922; city clerk of Carterville, Ill., 1915-1918; postmaster at Carterville, Ill., 1923-1933; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1955); chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; congressional liaison assistant, Post Office Department, Washington, D.C., 1955-1957; superintendent of Division of Industrial Planning and Development, State of Illinois, in 1957 and 1958; Department of Labor conciliator for State of Illinois, 1958-1960; retired; died in Marion, Ill., September 21, 1971; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Carterville, Ill.