Benjamin Gilman (1922 - 2016)

Benjamin Gilman, a former U.S. representative from New York, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Wappingers Falls, New York, according to The Associated Press. He was 94.

Gilman, a Republican whose district was located in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City, was first elected to Congress in 1972 and served until 2003. He chaired the House Committee on International Relations during the 1990s.

Born Dec. 6, 1922, in Poughkeepsie, New York, he was a decorated World War II veteran. He flew 35 missions over Japan, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal.

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After graduating from New York Law School in 1950, he served as assistant attorney general to the New York State attorney general from 1953 to 1955 and later moved into private practice before beginning his political career.

Gilman was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1967 and served until 1972 when he ran successfully for Congress.

During his time in Congress, he gained a reputation for strong support of humanitarian causes, including world hunger. He was also a supporter of the state of Israel.

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