Ryan, Leo Joseph (5/5/1925-11/18/1978)

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  • Occupation: U.S. Representative
  • Number of Terms: 1
  • Committees/Roles: Government Operations and International Relations Committees.


  • Ryan, Leo J
  • Jones, Jim 1931-1978
  • Board of Regents
  • Peoples Temple
  • United States Congress
  • Representative
  • Democrat Regents


Smithsonian Board of Regents

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Images of this Regent can be found in the following repositories: RU371, September 1978, Torch, Smithsonian Institution Archives

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Representative (Democrat)




  • Ryan died November 18, 1978, in an ambush at the airstrip of Port Kaituma, Guyana, while on a visit to the Peoples Temple cult site at Jonestown, Guyana. A ritual mass suicide by 941 cult members led by Rev. Jim Jones then followed.
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present.

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Regent Tenure: 08/17/1978-11/18/1978


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