Former U.S. congressman Ken Gray of Illinois dies at 89

(Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Ken Gray of Illinois, once known as the “Prince of Pork” for his ability to win federal support for his district, has died at age 89. Gray, a Democrat, died on Saturday at a hospital in Herrin, Illinois, according to the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Born on Nov. 14, 1924, in West Frankfort, Gray served with the army and air force in North Africa, Italy, southern France and central Europe during World War Two, according to his congressional biography. He served in Congress from Jan. 3, 1955, until his resignation on Dec. 31, 1974, and then again from Jan. 3, 1985 to Jan. 3 1989.

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