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Richard B. Vail (August 31, 1895 – July 29, 1955) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.[1][2][3]

Richard B. Vail
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byBarratt O'Hara
Succeeded byBarratt O'Hara
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWilliam A. Rowan
Succeeded byBarratt O'Hara
Personal details
Richard Bernard Vail

(1895-08-31)August 31, 1895
Chicago, Illinois
DiedJuly 29, 1955(1955-07-29) (aged 59)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Alma materJohn Marshall Law School


Richard Bernard Vail was born on August 31, 1895, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended public school, the School of Commerce, the Chicago Technical College, and the John Marshall Law School.[1][2]


During World War I, he served in the United States Army as a lieutenant of infantry. He then engaged in the manufacture of steel products.[1][2]

Federal serviceEdit

Vail worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before running for office.[4][5]

Vail was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). He served on the House Un-American Activities Committee.[1][2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress. Vail was elected to the Eighty-second Congress (January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress and for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress.[1][2]

Private sectorEdit

He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Vail Manufacturing Company of Chicago. Vail manufactured staplers, paper clips, and fasteners and was eventually acquired by Acco International in 1966.[1][2][6]

Personal and deathEdit

Vail died age 59 on July 29, 1955, in Chicago and was interred in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, Illinois.[1][2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vail, Richard Bernard (1895–1955)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Vail, Richard B." Our Campaigns. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Rep. Richard Vail". GovTrack. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ Andrews, Bert; Andrews, Peter (1962). A Tragedy of History: A Journalist's Confidential Role in the Hiss-Chambers Case. R. B. Luce. p. 10. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ Labor Fact Book, Volume 12. International Publishers. 1955. p. 133. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Acco Plans Expansion" (pdf). Watertown Daily News. Watertown, New York. January 4, 1966. p. s. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Rowan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Barratt O'Hara
Preceded by
Barratt O'Hara
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Barratt O'Hara

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