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HOBLITZELL, John Dempsey, Jr. (1912-1962)

HOBLITZELL, JOHN DEMPSEY, JR., a Senator from West Virginia; born in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va., December 30, 1912; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of West Virginia in 1934; involved in the insurance, real estate, construction, and banking businesses; member, board of governors of West Virginia University 1937-1944; served in the United States Naval Reserve 1942-1946, retiring as a lieutenant; member, Wood County School Board 1950-1956; delegate, White House Conference on Education 1954; chairman, Governor's West Virginia Commission on State and Local Finance 1954; president, West Virginia School Board Association 1954; member, National Citizens Committee on Higher Education 1955; unsuccessful in 1956 for the Republican nomination to the House of Representatives; appointed on January 25, 1958, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Matthew M. Neely and served from January 25, 1958, to November 4, 1958; unsuccessful candidate for election to the vacancy; resumed his business interests; died in Clarksburg, W.Va., January 6, 1962; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg, W.Va.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Charleston, WV
Papers: Miscellaneous items and photographs in various collections.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: 1956-1962. 3 feet. Correspondence, speeches, and clippings relating to state and national Republican politics, the 1958 congressional election, the 1960 presidential campaign, West Virginia Economic Development Agency, Ohio Valley Improvement Association, and West Virginia University. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Ernest Glenwood Otey papers, 1935-1965.