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VOORHIS, Horace Jeremiah (Jerry), a Representative from California; born in Ottawa, Franklin County,
Kans., April 6, 1901; attended the public schools in Ottawa, Kans., Oklahoma
City, Okla., Peoria, Ill., and Pontiac, Mich; was graduated from Yale
University in 1923 and from Claremont (Calif.) College in 1928; worked in a
factory, handled freight on the railroads, and worked as a cowboy in Wyoming;
traveling representative for Y.M.C.A. in Germany in 1923 and 1924; worked in an
automobile assembling plant in Charlotte, N.C., in 1924 and 1925; teacher in
Allendale Farm School, Lake Villa, Ill., in 1925 and 1926 and Dray Cottage Home
for Boys, Laramie, Wyo., in 1926 and 1927; headmaster and trustee of Voorhis
School for Boys, San Dimas, Calif., 1928-1938; lecturer at Pomona College,
Claremont, Calif., 1930-1935; unsuccessful candidate for the State assembly in
1934; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding
Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for
reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; author; executive director of the
Cooperative League of the United States of America, 1947-1967; became
secretary, Group Health Association of America, in 1947; resided in Claremont,
Calif., until his death there, September 11, 1984; interment in Mountain View
Cemetery, Pasadena, Calif.
Jerry Voorhis, The Idealist as Politician. New York: Vantage,
1978; Voorhis, Jerry.
Confessions of a Congressman. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday,
1947. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1970.