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John Hosea KERR

(1873-1958)

KERR, John Hosea, (grandnephew of John Kerr), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C., December 31, 1873; attended the local school and Bingham’s Military School of North Carolina; was graduated from Wake Forest (N.C.) College in 1895; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C.; mayor of Warrenton, N.C., in 1897 and 1898; solicitor for the third district of North Carolina 1906-1916; judge of the superior court 1916-1923; trustee of the University of North Carolina; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932 and 1940; chairman, United States delegation to the Inter-American Travel Congress in Mexico City in 1941; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Claude Kitchin; reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1953; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Seventy-second through Seventy-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952; died in Warrenton, N.C., June 21, 1958; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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