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Peter J. De Muth

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Peter J. De Muth
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De Muth in 1938
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 30th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byJ. Twing Brooks
Succeeded byRobert J. Corbett
Personal details
Born(1892-01-01)January 1, 1892
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 3, 1993(1993-04-03) (aged 101)
Laguna Hills, California
Political partyDemocratic

Peter Joseph De Muth (January 1, 1892 – April 3, 1993) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

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It was the perfect wedding, the guests thought. The groom was Orpheus, the greatest of all poets and musicians. The bride Eurydice, a wood nymph. Anyone could tell the couple was truly and deeply in love. Suddenly, Eurydice stumbled, then fell to the ground. By the time Orpheus reached her side, she was dead, and the snake that had bitten her was slithering away through the grass. Following Eurydice’s funeral, Orpheus was overcome with a grief the human world could not contain, and so he decided he would journey to the land of the dead, a place from which no living creature had ever returned, to rescue his beloved. When Orpheus reached the gates of the underworld, he began to strum his lyre. The music was so beautiful that Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the dead, lay down as Orpheus passed. Charon, the ferry captain who charged dead souls to cross the River Styx, was so moved by the music that he brought Orpheus across free of charge. When Orpheus entered the palace of Hades and Persephone, the king and queen of the dead, he began to sing. He sang of his love for Eurydice, and said she had been taken away too soon. The day would come when she, like all living creatures, dwelled in the land of the dead for all eternity, so couldn’t Hades grant her just a few more years on Earth? In the moment after Orpheus finished, all hell stood still. Sisyphus no longer rolled his rock up the hill. Tantalus did not reach for the water he would never be allowed to drink. Even the Furies, the demonic goddesses of vengeance, wept. Hades and Persephone granted Orpheus’s plea, but on one condition. As he climbed back out of the underworld, he must not turn around to see if Eurydice was following behind him. If he did, she would return to the land of the dead forever. Orpheus began to climb. With each step, he worried more and more about whether Eurydice was behind him. He heard nothing— where were her footsteps? Finally, just before he stepped out of the underworld and into the bright light of day, he gave into temptation. Orpheus tried to return to the underworld, but was refused entry. Separated from Eurydice, Orpheus swore never to love another woman again. Instead, he sat in a grove of trees and sang songs of lovers. There was Ganymede, the beautiful boy who Zeus made drink-bearer to the gods. There was Myrrah, who loved her father and was punished for it, and Pygmalion, who sculpted his ideal woman out of ivory, then prayed to Venus until she came to life. And there was Venus herself, whose beautiful Adonis was killed by a wild boar. It was as if Orpheus’s own love and loss had allowed him to see into the hearts of gods and people everywhere. For some, however, poetry was not enough. A group of wild women called the Maenads could not bear the thought that a poet who sang so beautifully of love would not love them. Their jealousy drove them to a frenzy and they destroyed poor Orpheus. The birds, nature’s singers, mourned Orpheus, as did the rivers, who made music as they babbled. The world had lost two great souls. Orpheus and Eurydice had loved each other so deeply that when they were separated, Orpheus had understood the pain and joys of lovers everywhere, and a new art form, the love poem, was born. While the world wept, Orpheus found peace, and his other half, in the underworld. There, to this day, he walks with Eurydice along the banks of the River Styx. Sometimes, they stroll side by side; sometimes, she is in front; and sometimes, he takes the lead, turning to look back at her as often as he likes.


Peter J. De Muth was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1892. He received a B.S. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, and worked as a civil engineer from 1914 until his enlistment in the United States Navy as a chief machinist mate on July 15, 1918. He returned to Pittsburgh and was employed as a sales manager from 1919 to 1922. He was engaged in the real estate business and as a building contractor in 1922.

De Muth was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938. He resumed the real estate and building business in Pittsburgh until June 1949, when he moved to Los Angeles, California. He continued to work in the real estate, insurance, and building business, and was a resident of Laguna Hills, California, until his death. He died on April 3, 1993 in Laguna Hills, California.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Twing Brooks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 30th congressional district

January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Robert J. Corbett
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hamilton Fish III
Oldest Living U.S. Representative
(Sitting or Former)

January 18, 1991 – April 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Margaret Chase Smith
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