OFFICE Representative, Senator
POLITICAL PARTY Republican
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 48th (1883-1885), 49th (1885-1887), 50th (1887-1889), 51st (1889-1891), 56th (1899-1901), 57th (1901-1903), 58th (1903-1905)
Representative, Senator Louis Emory MCCOMAS Biography
McCOMAS, Louis Emory, (grandfather of Katharine Edgar Byron and great“grandfather of Goodloe Edgar Byron), a Representative and a Senator from Maryland; born near Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., October 28, 1846; attended St. James College, Maryland; graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1866; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1868 and practiced in Hagerstown, Md.; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; secretary of the Republican National Committee 1892; on November 17, 1892, was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, which office he held until elected Senator; professor of international law, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1899, until March 3, 1905; chairman, Committee on Organization, Conduct, and Expenditures of Executive Departments (Fifty-sixth Congress), Committee on Education and Labor (Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses); appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as a justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia in 1905, and served until his death; died in Washington, D.C., November 10, 1907; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County, Md. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
Dickinson College Library Carlisle, PA Papers: 1 letter. Johns Hopkins University Milton S. Eisenhower Library Baltimore, MD Papers: 7 letters (1873, 1891, 1899-1903) in Adams, Gilman, and Gilmore collections. Knox College Seymour Library Galesburg, IL Papers: 3 letters (May 18, June 1, 1891; September 13, 1892) in Post family papers, 1857-1895. Maryland Historical Society Baltimore, MD Papers: 1 letter (1884) in the Aldine collection.
Louis Emory MCCOMAS Committee Assignments
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