FOLGER, John Hamlin, (brother of Alonzo D. Folger),
a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rockford, Surry County, N.C.,
December 18, 1880; attended the public schools, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C., and studied
law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and
commenced practice in Dobson, Surry County, N.C.; mayor of Mount Airy, N.C., 1908-1912;
member of the State house of representatives in 1927 and 1928; served in the State senate in 1931
and 1932; delegate to the Democratic State conventions 1924-1940; delegate to the Democratic
National Conventions in 1932 and 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress in a
special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his brother, Alonzo D. Folger; reelected to
the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses and served from June 14, 1941, to
January 3, 1949; was not a candidate for renomination in 1948; resumed the practice of law until his
retirement in 1959; was a resident of Mount Airy, N.C.; died in Clemmons, N.C., July 19, 1963;
interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Mount Airy, N.C.
BibliographyChristian, Ralph J. The Folger-Chatham Congressional
Primary of 1946. North Carolina Historical Review 53 (January 1976): 25-54.