Celler, Emanuel(1888–1981) U.S. representative; born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from Columbia University Law School in 1912, he practiced law in New York City, serving as an appeal agent on the draft board during World War I. A Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives (1923–73), he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. After his defeat by reform Democrats, he joined a commission to revise the federal appellate courts (1973–75) and resumed his law practice.
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