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Foley as depicted in 1959's Pocket Congressional Directory of the 86th Congress

John Robert Foley (October 16, 1917 – November 11, 2001) represented the sixth district of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1961.

Foley was born in Wabasha, Minnesota, the grandson of Irish immigrants,[1] and graduated from St. Felix High School in 1935. After he received his B.A. degree from the St. Thomas College of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1940, he joined the United States Army following the outbreak of World War II, serving from 1941 to 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1947, and received his L.L.M. degree from Catholic University Law School in 1950.

After school, Foley became a lawyer in private practice. He was also a professor, and was elected judge of the Orphan's (Probate) Court of Montgomery County, Maryland, serving from 1954 to 1958. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to Congress in 1956, but was elected as a Democrat to Congress two years later, serving one term from January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1961. He tried two further times for election in 1960 and 1962, but was unsuccessful both times. He died from a heart attack in Kensington, Maryland in November 2001.


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved April 2, 2018

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
DeWitt Hyde
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

1959 – 1961
Succeeded by
Charles Mathias, Jr.