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Posted on: March 8, 2019

City salutes the legacy of the late John Dingell


The City of Taylor recently honored the late John Dingell with a proclamation saluting his legacy during the March 5 City Council meeting. Mr. Dingell passed away on February 7 at the age of 93. He served in Congress from 1955 to 2015, and is the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

During the council meeting, Councilwoman Angela Winton read the proclamation:

Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. was born on July 8, 1926 to Grace and John Dingell, Sr.  Colorado Springs, CO, before the Dingell family returned to Michigan in 1932; and

Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. began his lifetime of public service career as a teenager in the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program beginning in 1938, and was on the House Floor on December 8, 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his “Day of Infamy” speech following the Pearl Harbor attack; and

Congressman John D. Dingell Jr., at the height of World War II in 1944, at the age of 18, joined the U.S. to assist the global fight against Fascism; and

Congressman John D. Dingell Jr., was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 after the passing of his father, and was then re-elected 29 times, thereby representing the residents of Michigan in Congress for nearly 60 years, holding the distinction of the longest serving member in Congress and as one of the final World War II veterans to serve in Congress; and

Congressman John Dingell Jr., passed away on February 7, 2019 at the age of 92.

Therefore, be it hereby proclaimed, that I, Mayor Rick Sollars, on behalf of the City Council and the residents of Taylor, Michigan, on this 5th Day or March, 2019 wishes to extend our gratitude and honor to the family of the late Congressman John D. Dingell, Jr. for his tireless work and steadfast work ethic in our community.


Some of Mr. Dingell's final thoughts ...
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