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Elton WATKINS

(1881-1956)

WATKINS, Elton, a Representative from Oregon; born in Newton, Newton County, Miss., July 6, 1881; attended the common schools of Mississippi, and Webb School of Bell Buckle, Tenn.; was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., Georgetown University Law School, and George Washington Law School, Washington, D.C.; employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, until 1912, when he moved to Oregon; was admitted to the Oregon bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Portland; prosecutor, Oregon Bar Association, 1914-1918; assistant United States district attorney in 1919; during the First World War was again employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1925); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1930 and for nomination in 1932; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Portland in 1932 and in 1940; resumed the practice of law in Portland, Oreg., until his death there June 24, 1956; interment in Greenwood Hills Cemetery.

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

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