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George Peabody WETMORE

(1846-1921)
Senate Years of Service:
1895-1907; 1908-1913
Party:
Republican; Republican

WETMORE, George Peabody, a Senator from Rhode Island; born during a visit of his parents abroad, in London, England, August 2, 1846; received his early education at a private school; graduated from Yale College in 1867 and from the law department of Columbia College, New York City, in 1869; admitted to the bar of Rhode Island and of New York in 1869, but never practiced; trustee of several institutions; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1880 and 1884; Governor of Rhode Island 1885-1886; unsuccessful candidate for a third term; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1889; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1894; reelected in 1900 and served from March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1907; elected January 22, 1908, to fill the vacancy caused by the failure of the legislature to elect in the term commencing March 4, 1907, and served until March 3, 1913; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1912; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on the Library (Fifty-fifth through Sixty-second Congresses); died in Boston, Mass., on September 11, 1921; interment in Island Cemetery, Newport, R.I.

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

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