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Oliver Walter FREY

(1887-1939)

FREY, Oliver Walter, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Quakertown, Richland Township, Bucks County, Pa., September 7, 1887; moved to Ohio with his parents in 1891 and to Allentown, Pa., in 1893; attended the public schools of Allentown; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1915; enlisted in the United States Army and served from April 1917 until honorably discharged in June 1919; was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Three Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry, serving overseas in the Seventy-ninth Division; resumed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from its law department in 1920; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Allentown, Pa.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry W. Watson; reelected to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served from November 7, 1933, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; general counsel for the Farm Credit Administration in Baltimore, Md., from April 1939 until his death in Allentown, Pa., August 26, 1939; interment in Grandview Cemetery.

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

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