John W. Langley

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John W. Langley
A man with thin, black hair wearing a black jacket and vest, patterned tie, and white shirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – January 11, 1926
Preceded by Francis A. Hopkins
Succeeded by Andrew Jackson Kirk
Personal details
Born (1868-01-14)January 14, 1868
Floyd County, Kentucky
Died January 17, 1932(1932-01-17) (aged 64)
Pikeville, Kentucky
Resting place Langley Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine G. Langley
Profession Lawyer

John Wesley Langley (January 14, 1868 - January 17, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, husband of Katherine Gudger Langley.

Born in Floyd County, Kentucky, Langley attended the common schools and then taught school for three years. He attended the law department of the National, Georgetown, and Columbian (now George Washington) Universities in Washington, D.C., for an aggregate period of eight years.

He was Examiner in the Pension Office and a member of the Board of Pension Appeals, Law Clerk in the General Land Office, and from 1899 to 1907, he was Disbursing and Appointment Clerk of the Census Office. He served in the State House of Representatives from 1886 to 1890. (Last Call - The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. Pg 275.)

Langley was elected in March 4, 1907 as a Republican to the Sixtieth and to the nine succeeding Congresses where he became known as "Pork Barrel John." He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses).[1]

He resigned in January 11, 1926, after being convicted of illegally selling alcohol. Langley had deposited $115,000 in his bank account over a three-year period despite earning only $7,500 a year as a congressman. He had arranged for "medicinal" alcohol to be released to New York-based bootleggers during prohibition. He also tried to bribe a Prohibition officer.[2]

His wife Katherine, then ran for his seat and won in the next election, loudly declaring that her husband had been the victim of a conspiracy. She also won the next election as well.

He resumed the practice of law in Pikeville, Kentucky, where he died on January 17, 1932. He was interred in the Langley Cemetery at Middle Creek, Kentucky.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis A. Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1907 – January 11, 1926 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Kirk