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Andrew EDMISTON

(1892-1966)

EDMISTON, Andrew, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Weston, Lewis County, W.Va., November 13, 1892; attended the Friends’ Select School, Washington, D.C., Kentucky Military Institute at Lyndon, and the University of West Virginia at Morgantown; engaged in agricultural pursuits 1915-1917 and in the manufacture of glass at Weston, W.Va., since 1925; served overseas as a second lieutenant with the Thirty-ninth Infantry, Fourth Division, 1917-1919; awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Distinguished Service Medal of West Virginia; editor of the Weston (W.Va.) Democrat 1920-1935; mayor of Weston, W.Va., 1924-1926; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1928 and 1952; State chairman of the Democratic executive committee 1928-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lynn S. Horner; reelected to the Seventy-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 28, 1933, to January 3, 1943; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; appointed State director of War Manpower for West Virginia on June 28, 1943, and served until his resignation on June 30, 1945, to return to private business; died in Weston, W.Va., August 28, 1966; interment in Machpelah Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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