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COLMER, William Meyers, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Moss Point, Jackson
County, Miss., February 11, 1890; attended the public schools and Millsaps
College at Jackson, Miss.; taught school at Lumberton, Miss., 1914-1917;
studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1917; during the First World War served
as a private in the Quartermaster Corps, advancing through the ranks to
regimental sergeant major, and served from July 24, 1918, to March 17, 1919;
commenced the practice of law in Pascagoula, Miss., in 1919; county attorney of
Jackson County, Miss., 1921-1927; district attorney of the second district of
Mississippi from 1928 until his resignation in 1933, having been elected to
Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the nineteen
succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1973); chairman, Committee on
Rules (Ninetieth through Ninety-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for
the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1947; was not a
candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident
of Pascagoula, Miss., where he died September 9, 1980; interment in Machpelah
Cemetery, Pascagoula, Miss.
BibliographySchlauch, Wolfgang. Representative William M. Colmer and
Senator James O. Eastland and the Reconstruction of Germany, 1945.
Journal of Mississippi History 34 (August 1972): 193-214.