Diggs, Charles Coles, Jr.
Diggs, Charles Coles, Jr.(1922– ) U.S. representative; born in Detroit, Mich. Interrupting his studies to enlist in the army in 1942, he attended Wayne College of Mortuary Science afterwards, working in the House of Diggs, Inc. A Democratic member of the Michigan senate (1951–54), he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1955 until resigning in 1980. He founded and chaired the Congressional Black Caucus (1969–71) and chaired the Committee on the District of Columbia.
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