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Walter Irving McCOY

(1859-1933)

McCOY, Walter Irving, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Troy, Rensselaer County, N.Y., December 8, 1859; attended the public schools, Troy Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., and Princeton College; was graduated from Harvard University in 1882 and from the law department of that institution in 1886; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in New York City; trustee of the village of South Orange, N.J., 1893-1895, 1901-1905, and in 1910; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904 and 1908; vice president of the Essex County (N.J.) Democratic committee; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1911, until October 3, 1914, when he resigned; appointed by President Wilson on October 5, 1914, as an associate justice, and on May 31, 1918, as chief justice, of the supreme court of the District of Columbia and served until his retirement on December 8, 1929; resided in Washington, D.C., until 1932, when he moved to Cambridge, Mass., where he died on July 17, 1933; interment in Troy Cemetery, Troy, N.Y.

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

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