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William Webb VENABLE

(1880-1948)

VENABLE, William Webb, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Clinton, Hinds County, Miss., September 25, 1880; moved with his parents to Memphis, Tenn., returned to Clinton, Miss., in 1891; attended public and private schools; was graduated from Mississippi College at Clinton in 1898, from the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1899, and from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1905; was admitted to the bar in 1905 and commenced practice in Meridian, Miss.; prosecuting attorney of Lauderdale County from April to October 1910, when he was appointed district attorney; served in the latter capacity until January 1, 1915, when he resigned; judge of the tenth judicial district of Mississippi from 1915 until his resignation in December 1916; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel A. Witherspoon; reelected to the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Congresses and served from January 4, 1916, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful for renomination; practiced law Clarksdale, Miss.; died in New Orleans, La., August 2, 1948; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian, Miss.

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

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