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Edward G. Breen
Breen attended Corpus Christi Grammar School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton. After attending Ohio State University, Breen returned to Dayton to work in the hotel business.
During the Second World War, Breen, a Roman Catholic by faith, served as a major in the United States Army Air Force. He saw active duty in North Africa and in Italy. He was released from active duty and awarded the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Infantry Reserve.
In 1948, Breen resigned his seat on the city commission in order to seek the Democratic nomination for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. In that election, Breen successfully unseated Republican incumbent Raymond H. Burke . In 1950, Breen won re-election to the House, defeating Republican challenger Paul F. Schenck . However, ill health prompted Breen to resign from his seat early, on Oct. 1, 1951. His old opponent Schenck was elected in a special election in 1951 to complete his term.
Returning to Dayton, Breen worked in the real estate and insurance industries. A few years later, he re-entered politics, running successfully for a seat on the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County, Ohio, serving in that capacity from 1955 to 1960.
| Preceded by:|
Frank M. Krebs
| Mayor of Dayton, Ohio|
| Succeeded by:|
Louis W. Lohrey
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