Chester A. Chesney

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Chester A. Chesney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byChauncey W. Reed
Succeeded byTimothy P. Sheehan
Personal details
Chester Anton Chesney

(1916-03-09)March 9, 1916
Chicago, Illinois
DiedSeptember 20, 1986(1986-09-20) (aged 70)
Marco Island, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDePaul University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1941–1946
UnitAir Corps

Football career
No. 56
Personal information
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College:DePaul University
Career history
Chicago Bears (19391940)

Chester Anton Chesney (March 9, 1916 – September 20, 1986) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. He was of Polish descent.[1]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Chesney attended St. Hyacinth and Lane Technical High School, he graduated from the DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, in 1938.

He later played professional football with the Chicago Bears in 1939 and 1940.

He entered the United States Air Force in June 1941 as a private and was discharged as a major in 1946 with service in the Pacific and European Theaters. He served as assistant chief of special service, Veterans Administration, Hines, Illinois, in 1946 and 1947.

After the war, he took graduate work at Northwestern University Graduate Commerce School in 1947. He became an Executive with Montgomery Ward & Co., in 1948 and 1949. He later served as vice-president and director of Avondale Savings & Loan Association.

Chesney was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, though served as delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He was a resident of Marco Island, Florida, until his death there September 20, 1986. He was interred in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois.


  1. ^ Pula, James. "Chesney, Chester Anton". Polish American Encyclopedia. p. 59.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Chester A. Chesney (id: C000347)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chauncey Reed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Timothy P. Sheehan