GRAY, Joseph Anthony, (1884 - 1966)


Campaign card (detail), 1934, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GRAY, Joseph Anthony, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Susquehanna Township (now Spangler Borough), Cambria County, Pa., February 25, 1884; attended the public schools and St. Benedict’s School, Carrolltown, Pa.; was graduated from Eastman College at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1905; served as a private in Company H, Fifth Infantry, United States Army, 1900-1902 and in the United States Signal Corps in 1902 and 1903; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Ebensburg, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1913 and 1914; served as president of the board of health 1916-1920; became a motion-picture exhibitor at Spangler, Pa., in 1920; school director of Spangler, Pa., 1930-1934 and councilman 1939-1943; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress and for election in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law and also publisher of “The Conservative” a weekly newspaper; died in Spangler, Pa., May 8, 1966; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.