Edwin Van Meter CHAMPION, Congress, IL (1890-1976)


CHAMPION, Edwin Van Meter, a Representative from Illinois; born in Mansfield, Piatt County, Ill., September 18, 1890; attended the public schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Illinois at Urbana, 1912; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Peoria, Ill.; during the First World War entered the Officersâ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Ill., on May 15, 1917; commissioned second lieutenant and assigned to service overseas with the Three Hundred and Forty-first Infantry, Company C, Eighty-sixth Division; discharged with rank of captain on February 6, 1919; served as assistant Stateâs attorney of Peoria County, Ill., in 1919 and 1920 and as Stateâs attorney 1932-1936; president of the Illinois Stateâs Attorneysâ Association in 1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Peoria, Ill., where he died February 11, 1976; entombment in Springdale Mausoleum.

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