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FRIES, Frank William, a Representative from Illinois; born in Hornsby, Macoupin County,
Ill., May 1, 1893; moved with his parents to Gillespie, Ill., in 1904; attended
the public schools; coal miner 1915-1917; during the First World War served as
a sergeant in the Thirty-seventh Company, One Hundred and Fifty-third Depot
Brigade, United States Army, from April 1918 to December 1918; coal mine
operator in 1920 and 1921; engaged in the insurance business 1922-1927; moved
to Carlinville, Ill., in 1930 and engaged in the wholesale produce business;
sheriff of Macoupin County 1930-1934; member of the State house of
representatives 1934-1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and
Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; was an
arbitrator in the coal industry, 1941-1969; was a resident of Gillespie, Ill.,
until his death on July 17, 1980; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Frank Fries Memoir: Coal Mining and Union Activities Project.
Springfield, IL: Sangamon State University, 1975.