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John Hamlin FOLGER

(1880-1963)

FOLGER, John Hamlin, (brother of Alonzo D. Folger), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rockford, Surry County, N.C., December 18, 1880; attended the public schools, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C., and studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Dobson, Surry County, N.C.; mayor of Mount Airy, N.C., 1908-1912; member of the State house of representatives in 1927 and 1928; served in the State senate in 1931 and 1932; delegate to the Democratic State conventions 1924-1940; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932 and 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his brother, Alonzo D. Folger; reelected to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses and served from June 14, 1941, to January 3, 1949; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1959; was a resident of Mount Airy, N.C.; died in Clemmons, N.C., July 19, 1963; interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Mount Airy, N.C.

Bibliography

Christian, Ralph J. “The Folger-Chatham Congressional Primary of 1946.” North Carolina Historical Review 53 (January 1976): 25-54.

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

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