HERSEY, Ira Greenlief, (1858 - 1943)


HERSEY, Ira Greenlief, a Representative from Maine; born in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine, March 31, 1858; attended the public schools and Ricker Classical Institute, Houlton, Maine; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Houlton, Maine; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 1886; member of the State house of representatives 1909-1912; served in the State senate 1913-1916 and was president of that body in 1915 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1929); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Sixty-sixth Congress); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1926 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against George W. English, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; judge of probate for Aroostook County, Maine, 1934-1942, when he retired and moved to Washington, D.C., where he died on May 6, 1943; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton, Maine.