George Austin Welsh

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George Austin Welsh (August 9, 1878 – October 22, 1970) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

George A. Welsh was born near Bay View, Cecil County, Maryland. He took business and academic courses at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was engaged as a legislative stenographer and reporter from 1895 to 1901. He graduated from the law department of Temple University in 1905, was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He was the Secretary to the Mayor of Philadelphia in 1905 and 1906. He worked as assistant solicitor for Philadelphia in 1906 and 1907, and assistant district attorney for Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 1907 through 1922. He was secretary of Temple University from 1914 to 1938, and began serving as first vice president in 1938. He was president of the Republican district executive committee 1914 through 1932. He attended officers’ training camp at Fort Niagara, New York, in 1917. He was a member of the Board of Education of Philadelphia County from 1921 to 1932.

Welsh was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation. He served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions during the Sixty-ninth Congress. His resigned after having been appointed judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Herbert Hoover on April 14, 1932, to a seat vacated by Joseph Whitaker Thompson. Welsh was confirmed to the court by the United States Senate on May 19, 1932, and received his commission on May 20, 1932.

In 1934 he ran in the primary to be a candidate for the Governor of Pennsylvania, but was not nominated. He served as judge until August 29, 1957, when he retired to become senior judge. He resided in Media, Pennsylvania, where he continued working as a judge in senior status until his death. He was cremated, with ashes interred at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.[1]



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George P. Darrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert L. Davis
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph Whitaker Thompson
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
May 20, 1932 – August 29, 1957
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Egan