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Oscar Byrd Lovette

Congressman

Oscar Byrd Lovette was a Representative from Tennessee.

Background

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.

Career

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.

Religion

Presbyterian. Mason.

Politics

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.

Membership

  • Republican Party , the United States of America

Connections

Married Lillie Fowler, December 23, 1896 (died 1923).; married second, Mabel Rogan Stein, July 16, 1927. Children: Leland P., Frank H., Marianna, Lois Byrd.

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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