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Robert Lincoln RAMSAY

(1877-1956)

RAMSAY, Robert Lincoln, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Durham, England, March 24, 1877; immigrated to the United States in 1881 with his parents, who settled in New Cumberland, Hancock County, W.Va.; attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of the West Virginia University at Morgantown in 1901; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in New Cumberland; moved to Wellsburg, Brooke County, W.Va., in 1905 and continued the practice of law; city attorney of Follansbee, Brooke County, 1905-1930; prosecuting attorney of Brooke County 1908-1912 and 1916-1920; member of the board of governors for West Virginia University 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Wellsburg, W.Va.; elected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; special assistant to the United States Attorney General 1943-1945; assistant attorney general of West Virginia 1945-1948; elected to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952; resumed the practice of law and was assistant prosecuting attorney 1952-1956; died in Wheeling, W.Va., November 14, 1956; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, W.Va.

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

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