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Jesse Houghton METCALF

(1860-1942)
Senate Years of Service:
1924-1937
Party:
Republican

METCALF, Jesse Houghton, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Providence, R.I., November 16, 1860; educated in private schools of Providence; studied textile manufacturing in Yorkshire, England; engaged in textile manufacturing; member, State house of representatives 1889-1891, 1907; member, Providence Common Council 1888-1892; chairman, Metropolitan Park Commission of Rhode Island 1909-1924; member, penal and charitable board 1917-1923; president, Rhode Island Hospital; trustee, Rhode Island School of Design at Providence and of Brown University; Republican National committeeman 1935-1940; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 4, 1924, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of LeBaron B. Colt; on the same day was also elected for the term commencing March 4, 1925; reelected in 1930 and served from November 5, 1924, to January 3, 1937; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936; chairman, Committee on Patents (Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses); died in Providence, R.I., October 9, 1942; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.

Bibliography

Baker, Sophia (Metcalf). Poems. Edited by Jesse Houghton Metcalf. Boston: Merrymount Press, 1934.

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

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