Alfred E. Reames

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Alfred Evan Reames
Alfred Evan Reames.jpg
United States Senator
from Oregon
In office
February 1, 1938 – November 8, 1938
Appointed byCharles H. Martin
Preceded byFrederick Steiwer
Succeeded byAlexander G. Barry
Personal details
Born(1870-02-05)February 5, 1870
Jacksonville, Oregon
DiedMarch 4, 1943(1943-03-04) (aged 73)
Medford, Oregon
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Edith L. Tongue (m. 1891, d. 1895)
Lillian L. Lanning (m. 1923)

Alfred Evan Reames (February 5, 1870 – March 4, 1943) was an American attorney and politician from the state of Oregon. A native Oregonian, he served as a United States Senator for nine months in 1938. A Democrat, he practiced law in Portland, Eugene, and Jacksonville.

Early life[edit]

Alfred Reames was born in Jacksonville, Oregon, as the son of Thomas G. Reames and Lucinda Williams on February 5, 1870.[1] He received his primary education in the public schools of Jacksonville.[1] For college Reames first attended University of the Pacific in California and then returned to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene.[2] In 1891, he married Edith L. Tongue of Hillsboro, Oregon, the daughter of former representative Thomas H. Tongue.[1][3] Then in 1893 Alfred Reames earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.[1] That same year he returned to Oregon and began law practice in Eugene after passing the bar.[2]

Legal career[edit]

After practicing in Eugene until 1894 he moved to Portland, Oregon, to continue practicing law.[1] In 1895 his wife Edith died, and he returned to Jacksonville where he practiced law until 1902.[1] From 1900 to 1908 he served as the district attorney for Josephine Jackson, Klamath, and Lake counties in southwestern Oregon.[2] In 1911 he resumed private law practice in Medford, Oregon.[1] There Reames became a part owner of the Deep Gravel Mining Company and president of Three Pines Timber Company.[2] Then on February 1, 1938 Oregon Governor Charles H. Martin appointed Alfred Reames to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy created when Senator Frederick Steiwer resigned from Congress.[2][4] The Democrat served until November 8, 1938, when Alexander G. Barry was elected.[2] Reames did not run in the fall election.[2]

Later life[edit]

In 1923 Reames remarried and had one son with Lillian L. Lanning who was from Albany, Oregon.[1] After Congress he returned to private practice.[2] He was an incorporator of the Jacksonville Electric Company, responsible for the construction of the Jacksonville substation.[1] On March 4, 1943 Alfred Evan Reames died in Medford and was buried at Siskiyou Memorial Park.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alfred E. Reames. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on April 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Thomas Tongue
  4. ^ Oregon State Archives: Governor's Records Guides

External links[edit]

  • "Alfred E. Reames". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Frederick Steiwer
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Oregon
Succeeded by
Alexander G. Barry