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William Yerger HUMPHREYS

(1890-1933)

HUMPHREYS, William Yerger, (son of Benjamin Grubb Humphreys), a Representative from Mississippi; born in Greenville, Washington County, Miss., September 9, 1890; attended the public schools and Sewanee Grammar School, Sewanee, Tenn.; studied law at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1911-1914, while in the employ of the United States House of Representatives as assistant superintendent of the House document room; was admitted to the bar on June 1, 1914, and commenced practice in Greenville, Miss.; served as first lieutenant in the Chemical Warfare Service of the United States Army during the First World War; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Benjamin G. Humphreys, and served from November 27, 1923, to March 3, 1925; was not a candidate for renomination in 1924; resumed the practice of law in Greenville, Miss.; elected prosecuting attorney of Washington County in 1928 and served until his death in Greenville, Miss., on February 26, 1933; interment in Greenville Cemetery.

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

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