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Frank W. Fries

Frank William Fries (May 1, 1893 – July 17, 1980) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Hornsby, Cahokia Township, Macoupin County, Illinois, Fries moved with his parents to Gillespie, Illinois, in 1904. He attended the public schools. Coal miner 1915-1917. During the First World War served as a sergeant in the Thirty-seventh Company, One Hundred and Fifty-third Depot Brigade, United States Army, from April 1918 to December 1918. Coal mine operator in 1920 and 1921. He engaged in the insurance business 1922-1927. He moved to Carlinville, Illinois, in 1930 and engaged in the wholesale produce business. Sheriff of Macoupin County 1930-1934. He served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1934-1936.

Fries was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1941). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress. He was an arbitrator in the coal industry from 1941 to 1969. He was a resident of Gillespie, Illinois, until his death on July 17, 1980. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.


  • Frank W. Fries at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harry H. Mason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
George E. Howell

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