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Mell Gilbert UNDERWOOD

(1892-1972)

UNDERWOOD, Mell Gilbert, a Representative from Ohio; born at Rose Farm, Morgan County, Ohio, January 30, 1892; attended the public schools and was graduated from the New Lexington High School in 1911; taught in the public schools of New Lexington for several years; studied law at the Ohio State University at Columbus; was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in New Lexington, Perry County, Ohio; prosecuting attorney of Perry County 1917-1921; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress and the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, to April 10, 1936, when he resigned, having been appointed a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and served until his retirement on June 30, 1967; chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Seventy-second through Seventy-fourth Congresses); died on his farm near New Lexington, Ohio, March 8, 1972; interment in Maplewood Cemetery.

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

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