Walter E. Brehm
|Walter Ellsworth Brehm|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
|Preceded by||Harold K. Claypool|
|Succeeded by||Oliver P. Bolton|
May 25, 1892|
|Died||August 24, 1971
|Alma mater||Boston University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Ohio State University
Born in Somerset, Ohio, Brehm attended the public schools and worked in steel mills, rubber factories, and oil fields after graduation from high school. He graduated from the Ohio State University Dental School at Columbus in 1917 and attended Boston (Massachusetts) University, and Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio.
He served as the Treasurer of the Republican Executive Committee of Hocking County, Logan City Council from 1936 to 1938 and served then in the State House of Representatives 1938–1942.
On December 20, 1950, Brehm was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. on charges that he accepted campaign contributions of $1000 from his clerk, Emma Craven, and from another clerk, Clara Soliday. On April 30, 1951, Brehm was convicted of taking the contribution from Craven, and acquitted of taking money from Soliday. On June 11, 1951, Federal Judge Burnita Shelton Matthews sentenced Brehm to five to fifteen months in prison, and fined him $5000. She suspended the sentence, saying that Brehm had led an exemplary life before the incident. He never served any time in prison.
He was not a candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress. He resumed the practice of dentistry and affiliated with a dental supply company after retirement from active practice. Resided in Columbus, Ohio, until his death there August 24, 1971.
- Grossman, Mark (2003). Political Corruption in America : An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1576070603.
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