Leonard Irving

Theodore Leonard Irving ( born March 24, 1898 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, † March 8, 1962 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1949 and 1953 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth drew Leonard Irving with his parents to North Dakota, where he attended the public schools. By the end of the First World War, he worked for the railroad. Then he went to Montana, where he was manager at a theater. He then managed a hotel in California. In 1934, Irving moved into the Jackson County, Missouri. There he worked as a construction worker. At the same time he became involved in the union movement. He was the local representative of the Federation of Trade Unions American Federation of Labor.

Politically, Irving was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1948, he was elected in the fourth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of C. Jasper Bell on January 3, 1949. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1953 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Cold War. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which limited the term of office of the U.S. president on re-election.

1952 subject to the Irving Republican Jeffrey Paul Hill Elson. Two years later, he sought unsuccessfully to his party's nomination for the congressional elections of 1954. As a result, Irving worked in the trade union movement. Later he became president of a union in Kansas City. He died on March 8, 1962 during a mission in the capital Washington and was buried in Kansas City.