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King SWOPE

(1893-1961)

SWOPE, King, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Danville, Boyle County, Ky., August 10, 1893; attended the common schools; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1914 and from the law department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1916; was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Lexington, Ky.; enlisted and served during the First World War as captain of Infantry; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harvey Helm (August 1, 1919-March 3, 1921); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-seventh Congress in 1920; appointed aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel on the staff of Gov. Edwin P. Morrow in 1919; resumed the practice of law; chairman of the Republican executive committee of Fayette County, Ky., 1928-1931; appointed and subsequently elected a judge of the circuit court of the twenty-second judicial district of Kentucky and served from 1931 to 1940; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1935 and 1939; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936, 1940, and 1944; chairman of the Republican State convention in 1936; member of the judicial council of Kentucky 1931-1940; died in Lexington, Ky., April 23, 1961; interment in Lexington Cemetery.

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

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