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David John LEWIS

(1869-1952)

LEWIS, David John, a Representative from Maryland; born in Nuttals Bank, Center County, near Osceola Mills, Clearfield County, Pa., May 1, 1869; worked in the coal mines 1878-1892; while so employed studied law and Latin; was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in Cumberland, Md.; member of the State senate 1902-1906; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the Sixty-first Congress in 1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second, Sixty-third, and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1917); chairman, Committee on Labor (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1916, but was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate; member of the United States Tariff Commission from April 1917 to March 1925; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1922; resumed the practice of law in Cumberland, Md.; again elected to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; member of the National Mediation Board 1939-1943; died in Cumberland, Md., August 12, 1952; interment in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Bibliography

Masterson, Thomas Donald. “David J. Lewis of Maryland: Formative and Progressive Years, 1869-1917.” Ph.D. dissertation, Georgetown University, 1976.

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

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