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Melville Clyde KELLY

(1883-1935)

KELLY, Melville Clyde, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bloomfield, Muskingum County, Ohio, August 4, 1883; attended the public schools, and Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio; engaged in newspaper publishing at Braddock, Pa., in 1903 and established the Braddock Leader in 1904; in 1907 purchased the Daily News and the Evening Herald and consolidated them into the Daily News-Herald; member of the State house of representatives 1910-1913; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate in 1914 for reelection to the Sixty-fourth Congress; continued his newspaper work; elected as a Progressive to the Sixty-fifth and reelected as a Republican to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; accidentally shot while cleaning a rifle and died in a hospital at Punxsutawney, Pa., on April 29, 1935; interment in Mahoning Union Cemetery, near Marchand, Pa.

Bibliography

Larner, John W., Jr. “Braddock’s Congressman M. Clyde Kelly and Indian Policy Reform, 1919-1928.” Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine 66 (April 1983): 97-111.

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

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