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Atlee Pomerene in 1916

Atlee Pomerene (December 6, 1863 in Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio - November 12, 1937) was a Democratic Party politician from Ohio. He represented Ohio in the United States Senate from 1911 until 1923.

Early life and career

Pomerene studied at Princeton University and the University of Cincinnati Law School. He began practicing law in Canton, Ohio in 1886. After serving in a variety of city, county, and state positions as solicitor and prosecutor, Pomerene was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1910. He briefly served in the post in early 1911 before being elected by the State Legislature to the U.S. Senate. Pomerene was re-elected in 1916, but lost a bid for a third term six years later. Pomerene was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to serve as a special prosecutor to deal with the Teapot Dome scandal. He ran unsuccessfully for the other U.S. Senate seat from Ohio in 1926 and for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. presidency in 1928. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Pomerene to succeed Charles G. Dawes as head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation after Dawes' sudden resignation on June 7.

Political offices
Preceded by
Francis W. Treadway
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Hugh L. Nichols
United States Senate
Preceded by
Charles W. F. Dick
United States Senator (Class 1) from Ohio
1911 - 1923
Succeeded by
Simeon D. Fess
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles G. Dawes
Chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation
1932 - 1933
Succeeded by
Jesse H. Jones

Principal source

Atlee Pomerene in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, retrieved on August 5, 2009



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