O'Konski (Okonski), Alvin Edward
(1904 - 1987)
Congressman, Republican Party
A Representative from Wisconsin; born on a farm near Kewaunee, Kewaunee County, Wis., May 26, 1904; attended the public schools and the University of Iowa at Iowa City; was graduated from State Teachers College, Oshkosh, Wis., in 1927, and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1932; instructor in high schools at Omro and Oconto, Wis., 1926-1929; member of the faculty of Oregon State College at Corvallis 1929-1931, and at the University of Detroit, Detroit, Mich., 1936-1938; superintendent of schools, Pulaski, Wis., 1932-1935; instructor at a junior college, Coleraine, Minn., in 1936; educator, journalist, and lecturer; editor and publisher, Hurley, Wis., 1940-1942; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1973); unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1957 to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident of Rhinelander, Wis., until his death in Kewaunee, Wis., on July 8, 1987; interment in St. Hedwig's Cemetery.
From: Congressional Data Base (2007)
O'Konsky (Okonski), Alvin E.
Congressman. Teacher of forensics at the Oregon State College. Assistant dean and speech director at Itasca Junior College. Professor of speech at the University of Detroit. As a student, won three national honors in speech contest, one of which was a contest before the nine judges of the United States Supreme Court. On November 3, 1942 elected U. S. Congressman from 10th district of Wisconsin.
From: "Who's Who in Polish America" by Rev. Francis Bolek, Editor-in-Chief; Harbinger House, New York, 1943