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Oscar Byrd Lovette

Oscar Byrd Lovette was a Representative from Tennessee.


  • interment in Oak Grove Cemetery

  • Education

    • He attended the common schools of Greene County and the Parrottsville (Tenn.) High School.

      He was graduated from Tusculum (Tenn.) College in 1893.

      He studied law at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.


    • He was member of the State house of representatives 1895-1897;

      was admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Greeneville, Tenn.;

      also engaged in banking, serving as president of a local bank 1912-1918;

      served as attorney general of the first judicial circuit of Tennessee 1918-1926;

      trustee of Tusculum College;

      elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931-March 3, 1933);

      unsuccessful candidate for renomination and for reelection as an Independent candidate in 1932;

      continued the practice of law in Greeneville, Tenn., until his death there on July 6, 1934.


    A Republican, he was elected District Attorney for the former 1st Judicial District in his native East Tennessee in 1918, serving until 1926.

    In 1930, Lovette sought the Republican nomination for United States Representative from the 1st Congressional District against incumbent Carroll Reece and defeated him in the Republican primary in August, which was tantamount to election. Lovette won the general election in November 1930 without any serious opposition and served in the 72nd Congress. However, in 1932 Reece sought to return to his former seat and defeated Lovette for renomination. Lovette contested the November election as an Independent, a practice then permissible under Tennessee law, but was again defeated by Reece.

    Party affiliation: Republican Party


    Presbyterian. Mason.


    • Republican Party , the United States of America


    • father: John Dickson Lovette
    • mother: Mary Emily (Woolsey) Lovette
    • Wife: Lillie Fowler
    • Son: Leland P. Lovette
    • Son: Frank H. Lovette
    • Daughter: Marianna Lovette
    • Son: Lois Byrd Lovette
    • Wife: Mabel Rogan Stein
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    Born December 20, 1871
    Died July 6, 1934
    (aged 62)
    • 1893
      Tusculum (Tenn.) College
    • 1895 - 1897
      Vanderbilt University, Nashville
    • 1918 - 1926
      District Attorney, 1st Judicial District
      East Tennessee
    • 1927
      Tennessee bar
    • 1931 - 1933
      congressman, 72nd Congress


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