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John R. Pillion, Congressman from New York

John Raymond Pillion (August 10, 1904 – December 31, 1978) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on August 10, 1904, in Conneaut, Ohio. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1927. He practiced law in Erie County, New York. He was president and treasurer of the Bison Storage & Warehouse Corporation in Buffalo, and the owner and operator of a fruit and vegetable farm in Niagara County.

He was a city court judge in Lackawanna, New York from 1932 to 1936; Corporation Counsel and Tax Attorney of the City of Lackawanna from 1936 to 1941.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 8th D.) from 1941 to 1950, sitting in the 163rd, 164th, 165th, 166th and 167th New York State Legislatures.

He was elected as a Republican to the 83rd, 84th, 85th, 86th, 87th and 88th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1965. In Congress, he was most notable as an opponent of statehood for both Hawaii and Alaska. He was defeated for re-election in 1964 by Richard D. McCarthy.

He retired to Hamburg; and died in Eden, New York on December 31, 1978.


  • United States Congress. "John R. Pillion (id: P000352)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John R. Pillion at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
R. Foster Piper
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 8th District

Succeeded by
William Sadler
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William E. Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 42nd congressional district

Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
Harold C. Ostertag
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 39th congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard D. McCarthy