Ovington E. Weller (1862-1947)
MSA SC 3520-2157
Born in Reisterstown, Baltimore County, Maryland, on January 23, 1862. Son of William F. and Wilmina (Berryman) Weller. Attended Franklin High School, Reisterstown, graduated 1877; United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, graduated 1881 and again 1883; National Law School, Washington, D.C., LL.B., 1888. Admitted to the bar, 1888. Married Elizabeth Bailey, ca. 1888; one child Felton Parker. Died in Baltimore, January 5, 1947. Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia.
Served two years in the Navy, 1881-83; honorably discharged in 1883. Weller was one of a few persons who graduated twice from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. A law desigend to eliminate surplus navy officers from the civl War voided many academy commissions, including Weller's. The law provided that no academy graduate could receive his commission until a vacancy occurred; while Weller was waiting for his commission he served at sea. Employed as a clerk in the Post Office Department, Washington, D.C., 1883-1887. Practiced law from 1888 to 1891 in Wichita, Kansas, and from 1926 to 1947 in Baltimore. Engaged in banking and in manufacturing. Member of a stock brokerage firm; retired in 1901 and traveled extensively. Chair, State Roads Commission of Maryland, 1912-1916. Unsuccessful candidate for governor of Maryland in 1915. Delegate-at-large, Republican National Convention, 1916, 1924, 1936. Treasurer, Republican National Senatorial Committee, 1918-1920. U.S. Senator, 1921-1927; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926. Chair, Committee on Manufactures. Member, Republican National Committee, 1932, 1936, 1940. Chair, Public Service Commission, 1935-1940.
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