C. W. Bishop
|Member of the |
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1955
|Preceded by||Kent E. Keller|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth J. Gray|
|Constituency||25th District (1941-1949) |
26th District (1949-1953)
25th District (1953-1955)
Cecil William Bishop
June 29, 1890
West Vienna, Illinois
|Died||September 21, 1971 (aged 81)|
Bishop was born on a farm near West Vienna, Illinois. After attending the public schools and Union Academy in Anna, Illinois, he became a tailor. As quarterback on an elementary school football team he weighed less than 90 pounds, giving rise to the nickname "Runt."
Bishop was engaged in the cleaning and tailoring business from 1910 to 1922. He later worked as a coal miner, a telephone lineman, and a player for and manager of professional football and baseball teams. He became city clerk of Carterville, Illinois in 1915, and served until 1918. He was town postmaster from 1923 to 1933.
Bishop was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh Congress and to six succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1955. He served as chairman of the Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures in the Eighty-third Congress. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection to the Eighty-fourth Congress in 1954, and was succeeded by Kenneth J. Gray.
After serving in Congress, Bishop held several other offices, including: Congressional liaison assistant, Post Office Department, from 1955 to 1957. Superintendent, Division of Industrial Planning and Development, State of Illinois, in 1957 and 1958. Department of Labor conciliator for the State of Illinois from 1958 to 1960.
Bishop died in Marion, Illinois on September 21, 1971. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville.
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- C. W. Bishop at Find a Grave
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