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George Campbell PEERY

(1873-1952)

PEERY, George Campbell, a Representative from Virginia; born in Cedar Bluff, Tazewell County, Va., October 28, 1873; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., in 1894; principal of Tazewell High School 1894-1896; was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1897; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Tazewell, Va.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1924; local food administrator for Tazewell County during the First World War; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1929); was not a candidate for renomination in 1928; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in the raising of livestock; temporary chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1928; member of the Virginia State Corporation Commission 1929-1933; served as Governor 1934-1938; member of the board of trustees of Washington and Lee University and of Hollins College; died in Richlands, Va., October 14, 1952; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.

Bibliography

Fry, Joseph A., and Brent Tarter. “The Redemption of the Ninth: The 1922 Congressional Election in the Ninth District of Virginia and the Origins of the Byrd Organization.” South Atlantic Quarterly 77 (Summer 1978): 352-70.

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

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