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John Camillus Lehr (November 18, 1878 – February 17, 1958) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

John C. Lehr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byEarl C. Michener
Succeeded byEarl C. Michener
Personal details
BornNovember 18, 1878
Monroe, Michigan
DiedFebruary 17, 1958 (aged 79)
Monroe, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Lehr was born in Monroe, Michigan and attended St. Mary's private school and graduated from Monroe High School in 1897. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1900. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Monroe. He moved to Port Huron in 1905 and continued the practice of law there. He later returned to Monroe in 1916 and served as city attorney from 1918 to 1922 and 1928 to 1930. He was a member of the board of education of Monroe 1926 to 1936 and served as its vice president from 1930 to 1936.

Lehr grave

In 1932, Lehr defeated seven-term Republican Earl C. Michener to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 2nd congressional district to the 73rd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1933 to January 3, 1935. He was defeated by Michener in 1934.

Lehr was a delegate to the 1936 Democratic National Convention and was a member of the Monroe Port Commission from 1936 to 1942. On July 2, 1936, he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and served in that position until September 2, 1947. He resigned to devote his time as head of a fraternal beneficiary association in Detroit (The Maccabees), and was succeeded by his chief assistant Thomas P. Thornton.[1][2]

John C. Lehr died in Monroe and was interred there in St. Joseph Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Boom Thornton For Lehr's Post". The Detroit Times. August 8, 1947. p. C-3. Lehr, 68, has been U. S. attorney for 11 years. He resigned to become the great commander of the Maccabees, fraternal insurance organization.
  2. ^ Morris, Frank (August 17, 1947). "Post Assured For Thornton". Detroit Times. p. 1. Lehr will retire Sept. 2 to head the Maccabees and the appointment of Thornton will follow almost immediately.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Earl C. Michener
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Earl C. Michener