LARSEN, William Washington, (1871 - 1938)


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LARSEN, William Washington, a Representative from Georgia; born in Hagan, Tattnall (now Evans) County, Ga., August 12, 1871; attended the common schools, Bryan Institute, Lanier, Ga., South Georgia Military Academy, Thomasville, Ga., and the literary department of the University of Georgia at Athens; left college and engaged in teaching in 1895; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Swainsboro, Ga., the same year; served as a second lieutenant in the Swainsboro Guards, Company C, National Guard of Georgia, 1900-1904; prosecuting attorney for the city court of Swainsboro, with jurisdiction over Emanuel County and parts of what are now Jenkins, Toombs, Candler, and Treutlen Counties, 1899-1905; member of the council and mayor pro tempore of the city of Swainsboro 1905-1909; member of the board of trustees of the State normal school at Athens, Ga., 1912-1927; delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1902, 1906, and 1912; secretary of the executive department of the state of Georgia 1910-1912; moved to Dublin, Ga., in January 1912; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; judge of the superior courts of Dublin circuit in 1914 and 1915; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1933); was not a candidate for renomination in 1932; member of the board of trustees of the University of Georgia 1927-1938; appointed regional manager for the Farm Credit Administration with headquarters in Columbia, S.C., in 1933 and served until his resignation in 1936; appointed a member of the Georgia Unemployment Insurance Commission in 1937 and served until his death in Dublin, Ga., January 5, 1938; interment in Northview Cemetery, Dublin, Ga.