John Robert CONNELLY
CONNELLY, John Robert, a Representative from Kansas; born near Mount Sterling, Brown County, Ill., February 27, 1870; moved to Thayer County, Nebr., with his parents in 1883; attended the common schools and Salina (Kans.) Normal University; moved to Thomas County, Kans., in 1888; homesteaded there in 1892; began teaching school when nineteen years of age; superintendent of schools for Thomas County 1894-1898; owner and editor of the Colby Free Press 1897-1919; served as mayor of Colby and as a member of the city council; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1908, 1920, and 1928; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress; engaged in the real-estate business at Colby, Thomas County, Kans.; died in Concordia, Kans., September 9, 1940; interment in Beulah Cemetery, Colby, Kans.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present