From The "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005"
"Leonidas Carstarphen Dyer
a Representative from Missouri; born near Warrenton, Warren County, Mo., June 11, 1871; attended the common schools, Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Mo., and Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; served in the Spanish-American War; was a member of the staff of Governor Hadley of Missouri, with the rank of colonel; commander in chief of the Spanish War Veterans in 1915 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Sixty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1913, to June 19, 1914, when he was succeeded by Michael J. Gill, who contested his election; elected to the Sixty-fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in St. Louis, Mo., December 15, 1957; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery."
I found it curious that he is not listed in the MO Online Database "Soldiers' Records: War of 1812 - World War I"
But it looks like he was enlisted while living in Washington D.C. Has a Pension Card Filed March 9th 1899 in DC has service as C?DC Inf. (? can't mak out) It could be Col DC Infantry. application number 1221,065
His death certificate is online at MO SOS online databases. He died in a Veteran's Hospital.
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