Elmer J. Holland

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Elmer Joseph Holland (January 8, 1894–August 9, 1968) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Elmer Holland was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the University of Montpellier, France. He was graduated from Saumur Cavalry School, France, in 1919. He served with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I as a second lieutenant of Field Artillery.

He was engaged as sales and advertising manager for a glass manufacturer from 1915 to 1933. He was elected as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1934 to 1942. He also served as the superintendent of highways and sewers in Pittsburgh from 1940 to 1942.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 77th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph A. McArdle and served from May 19, 1942, to January 3, 1943. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1942.

He served as a major in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1943 to 1956.

He was again elected to the 84th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Vera Buchanan. He served until his death in Annapolis, Maryland. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph A. McArdle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William I. Troutman
Preceded by
Vera Buchanan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
District Eliminated
Preceded by
James E. Van Zandt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph M. Gaydos