Cleveland DEAR, Congress, LA (1888-1950)


DEAR, Cleveland, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Sugartown, Beauregard Parish, La., August 22, 1888; attended the public schools; was graduated from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1910 and from its law department in 1914; was admitted to the bar in 1914 and commenced practice in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, La.; during the First World War was appointed a second lieutenant of Field Artillery on August 15, 1917; promoted to first lieutenant and served in the ammunition train of the Field Artillery in the Eighty-seventh and One Hundred and Eleventh Divisions until his discharge on December 14, 1918; served as district attorney of the ninth judicial district of Louisiana from 1920 until his resignation in 1933, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 1 (Seventy-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the gubernatorial nomination; resumed the practice of law; appointed judge of the ninth judicial district court of Louisiana in 1941 to fill an unexpired term and was elected in 1942 and again in 1948 and served until his death in Alexandria, La., December 30, 1950; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, La.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present