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PEERY, George Campbell, a Representative from Virginia; born in Cedar Bluff, Tazewell County, Va., October
28, 1873; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory,
Va., in 1894; principal of Tazewell High School 1894-1896; was graduated from the law department
of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1897; was admitted to the bar the same year
and commenced practice in Tazewell, Va.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920
and 1924; local food administrator for Tazewell County during the First World War; elected as a
Democrat to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3,
1929); was not a candidate for renomination in 1928; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in
the raising of livestock; temporary chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1928; member of
the Virginia State Corporation Commission 1929-1933; served as Governor 1934-1938; member of
the board of trustees of Washington and Lee University and of Hollins College; died in Richlands, Va.,
October 14, 1952; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.
BibliographyFry, Joseph A., and Brent Tarter. The Redemption of
the Ninth: The 1922 Congressional Election in the Ninth District of Virginia and the Origins of the Byrd
Organization.'' South Atlantic Quarterly 77 (Summer 1978): 352-70.