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Otto Godfrey FOELKER

(1875-1943)

FOELKER, Otto Godfrey, a Representative from New York; born in the city of Mainz, Germany, December 29, 1875; immigrated to the United States in 1888 with his parents, who settled in Troy, N.Y.; attended the public schools; moved to Brooklyn in December 1895; studied law in the New York Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced practice in Brooklyn; member of the State assembly in 1905 and 1906; served in the State senate in 1907 and 1908; elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles T. Dunwell; reelected to the Sixty-first Congress and served from November 3, 1908, to March 3, 1911; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1910; moved to California and resumed the practice of law in Oakland, Calif., where he died on January 18, 1943; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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