Leo Ryan

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Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan
Ryan c. 1977–1978
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – November 18, 1978
Preceded byPete McCloskey
Succeeded byWilliam Royer
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 27th district
In office
Preceded byGlenn E. Coolidge
Succeeded byLou Papan
Mayor of South San Francisco, California
Personal details
Leo Joseph Ryan Jr.

(1925-05-05)May 5, 1925
Lincoln, Nebraska, US
DiedNovember 18, 1978(1978-11-18) (aged 53)
Port Kaituma, Guyana
Cause of deathAssassination by firearm
Resting placeGolden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materBates College (V-12)
Creighton University (B.A.)(M.S.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1943–1946

Leo Joseph Ryan Jr. (May 5, 1925 – November 18, 1978) was an American teacher and politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was the U.S. Representative from California's 11th congressional district from 1973 until his assassination as one of the victims of the Jonestown massacre in 1978.

Death[change | change source]

On November 18, 1978, Ryan was shot to death by members of Peoples Temple in the Cessna aircraft during Jonestown ambush. He was 53 years old.

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