WEARIN, Otha Donner, (1903 - 1990)


Photograph, 1937, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WEARIN, Otha Donner, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Hastings, Mills County, Iowa, January 10, 1903; attended the country schools; was graduated from Tabor (Iowa) Academy in 1920 and from Grinnell (Iowa) College in 1924; served as treasurer of Wearin, Iowa, rural school district 1926-1928; engaged in agricultural pursuits and also as an author and editor; member of the State house of representatives 1928-1932; delegate to the Iowa State Democratic Judicial convention in 1930 and served as chairman; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936 and 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938 but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed agricultural pursuits; member of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board for the southern district of Iowa 1941-1944; member of the Democratic State Central Committee 1948-1952; member of Mills County Board of Education; unsuccessful for Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1950 and for Governor of Iowa in 1952; staff advisor to Iowa Governor Herschel C. Loveless, January 1959-1961; member, Iowa State Commission on Aging, July 1965-1969; author; was a resident of Hastings, Iowa., until his death in Glenwood, Iowa, on April 3, 1990; interment in Malvern Cemetery.