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Ovington Eugene WELLER

(1862-1947)
Senate Years of Service:
1921-1927
Party:
Republican

WELLER, Ovington Eugene, a Senator from Maryland; born in Reisterstown, Baltimore County, Md., on January 23, 1862; attended the public schools; entered the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1877 and graduated in 1881; after two years of service in the Navy, was honorably discharged in 1883; employed as a clerk in the Post Office Department, Washington, D.C., 1883-1887; graduated from the National Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1887; admitted to the bar in 1888 and practiced law for three years; engaged in banking and in manufacturing, and was a member of a stock brokerage firm; retired in 1901 and traveled extensively; chairman of the State Roads Commission of Maryland 1912-1916; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Maryland in 1915; treasurer of the Republican National Senatorial Committee 1918-1920; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1920 and served from March 4, 1921, to March 3, 1927; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Sixty-ninth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Baltimore, Md., until his death there on January 5, 1947; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

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