WOODYARD, Harry Chapman

WOODYARD, Harry Chapman
Campaign postcard, 1902, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


WOODYARD, Harry Chapman, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Spencer, Roane County, W.Va., November 13, 1867; attended the common schools; engaged in the wholesale grocery and lumber business; member of the State senate in 1898; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hunter H. Moss, Jr.; reelected to the Sixty-fifth, Sixty-sixth, and Sixty-seventh Congresses and served from November 7, 1916, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; elected to the Sixty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1927); was not a candidate for reelection to the Seventieth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Spencer, W.Va., on June 21, 1929; interment in Spencer Mausoleum.

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West Virginia University Library
West Virginia & Regional History Collection

Morgantown, WV
Papers: ca. 1913-1929, approximately 2 feet. The papers of Harry Woodyard contain correspondence, legal, and financial, and miscellaneous papers of a businessman and politician from Roane County, West Virginia, who was elected to the state Senate in 1898 and to the U.S. Congress as a Republican for several terms: 1902-11, 1916-23, 1925-27. His early business activity was in wholesale groceries and the lumber industry. He later engaged in newspaper publishing and owned an estimated eighteen weekly papers. Woodyard's sons continued in their father's business after his death. The correspondence consists of letters received by Woodyard during his later terms as congressman (1920s), as well as personal letters from his family and friends.
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