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George Earle Chamberlain

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Death: July 9, 1928 (74)
Washington, DC, USA
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Thomson Chamberlain and Pamelia Hays Chamberlain
Husband of Sallie Newman Chamberlain
Father of Charles Thomason Chamberlain; George Earle Chamberlain; Fannie Welch Tevis and Lucy Archer Blair

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About Gov. George E. Chamberlain, US Senator

George Earle Chamberlain (January 1, 1854 – July 9, 1928) was an American politician, legislator, and public official in Oregon. A native of Mississippi and trained lawyer, he served as the 11th Governor of Oregon, a representative in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, a United States Senator.

Early life

Chamberlain was born near Natchez, Mississippi, he attended private and public schools in Natchez, was clerk in a general merchandise store there from 1870 to 1872. He graduated from the academic and law departments of Washington and Lee University in 1876, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. In December 1876 he moved to Oregon, where he found a teaching position near Albany. In 1877 he was admitted to the bar, and from 1878 to 1879, he was clerk of Linn County. In 1878 he served in the Linn County Rifles, a volunteer militia formed to combat hostile Indians in eastern Oregon[1] (probably the Bannock War.)

Political career

He was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1880 to 1882, and was district attorney for the third judicial district from 1884 to 1886. He was appointed attorney general of Oregon, holding that office from 1891 to 1894.

In 1902, Chamberlain was elected Governor of Oregon, was reelected in 1906. In 1908 he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate; he was reelected in 1914 and served from March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1921. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Senate in 1920; while a Senator, he was chairman of the Committee on Geological Survey (Sixty-second Congress) and a member of the Committee on Military Affairs (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), the Committee on Public Lands (Sixty-third Congress), and the Committee on Expenditures in the War Department (Sixty-sixth Congress). The Chamberlain Military Preparedness Bill of 1918, which he wrote, bears his name.

[edit] Later years

He was a member of the United States Shipping Board from 1921 to 1923 and engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; he died there in 1928, and interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.

John Archer and Stevenson Archer, both United States Representatives from Maryland, were Chamberlain's grandfather and great-grandfather, respectively.

Oregon Governor, US Senator. Trained in the law, he moved to Oregon in 1872 to teach. Served in the "Linn County Rifles" a volunteer group who were sent to combat Indians in Eastern Oregon. Active in Oregon politics, he became Governor of Oregon on January 15, 1903. He served two terms, supporting causes such as the initiative and referendum amendments, and protection of the salmon industry through open and closed fishing seasons. He resigned in 1909, having been elected as a Senator from Oregon to the United States Senate. In that post he helped devise the World War I Selective Service Draft and developed food control procedures. He served from 1909 until 1921, when he was defeated to re-election by Senator Robert Nelson Stanfield. He practiced law in Washington, DC until his death in 1928.

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Gov. George E. Chamberlain, US Senator's Timeline

January 1, 1854
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Age 26
Age 29
Age 40
Age 44
July 9, 1928
Age 74
Washington, DC, USA
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia