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William Chapman REVERCOMB

(1895-1979)
Senate Years of Service:
1943-1949; 1956-1959
Party:
Republican; Republican

REVERCOMB, William Chapman, a Senator from West Virginia; born in Covington, Alleghany County, Va., July 20, 1895; attended the public schools at Covington, Va.; attended Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1914-1916; graduated from law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1919; admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Covington, Va.; during the First World War enlisted in the United States Army and served as a corporal 1917-1919; moved to Charleston, W.Va., in 1922 and continued the practice of law; chairman of the State judicial convention of 1936; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1942 and served from January 3, 1943, to January 3, 1949; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 and for election in 1952; chairman, Committee on Public Works (Eightieth Congress), Special Committee on the Roof and Sky Lights (Eightieth Congress); elected on November 6, 1956, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harley M. Kilgore and served from November 7, 1956, to January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 and for the gubernatorial nomination in 1960; resumed the practice of law; resided in Charleston, W.Va., where he died October 6, 1979; interment in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.

Bibliography

Price, Samuel Worth, Jr. “A Stalwart Conservative in the Senate: William Chapman Revercomb.” Master’s thesis, Marshall University, 1978.

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

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