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Charles Wesley Vursell (February 8, 1881 – September 21, 1974) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Charles W. Vursell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byEdward H. Jenison
Succeeded byGeorge E. Shipley
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byLaurence F. Arnold
Succeeded byEdward H. Jenison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 24th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byRoy Clippinger
Succeeded byCharles Melvin Price
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
1914-1916
Personal details
Born(1881-02-08)February 8, 1881
Salem, Illinois
DiedSeptember 21, 1974(1974-09-21) (aged 93)
Salem, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Born in Salem, Illinois, Vursell attended the public schools of Marion County, Illinois. Hardware merchant in 1904. He was the sheriff of Marion County from 1910 to 1914. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1914 to 1916. He was owner and publisher of the Salem Republican from 1916 to 1948.

Vursell was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1959). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress. He retired and resided in Salem, Illinois, where he died September 21, 1974. He was interred in East Lawn Cemetery.

Vursell's cousin Carl Albert served as a member of Congress from Oklahoma, and was Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Charles W. Vursell (id: V000125)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Laurence F. Arnold
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd congressional district

1943-1949
Succeeded by
Edward H. Jenison
Preceded by
Roy Clippinger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 24th congressional district

1949-1953
Succeeded by
Charles Melvin Price
Preceded by
Edward H. Jenison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd congressional district

1953-1959
Succeeded by
George E. Shipley