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Wallace Humphrey WHITE, Jr.

(1877-1952)
Senate Years of Service:
1931-1949
Party:
Republican

WHITE, Wallace Humphrey, Jr., (grandson of William Pierce Frye), a Representative and a Senator from Maine; born in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine, August 6, 1877; attended the public schools of Lewiston; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1899; assistant clerk to the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, and secretary to his grandfather, the President pro tempore 1899-1903; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lewiston, Maine; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having become a candidate for Senator; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Woman Suffrage (Sixty-seventh through Sixty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses); served as a presidential appointee on a variety of commissions; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1930; reelected in 1936 and 1942 and served from March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1949; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948; minority leader 1944-1947; majority leader 1947-1949; chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eightieth Congress); retired from political and business activities; died in Auburn, Maine, March 31, 1952; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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

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