Otis Wingo

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Otis Theodore Wingo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – October 21, 1930
Preceded by William B. Cravens
Succeeded by Effiegene Wingo
Member of the Arkansas State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1877-06-18)June 18, 1877
Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
Died October 21, 1930(1930-10-21) (aged 53)
Baltimore, Maryland
Cause of death Complications from surgery
Resting place Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Effiegene Locke Wingo
Children Blanche Wingo[1]
Residence De Queen, Arkansas
Alma mater

Bethel College
McFerrin College

Valparaiso University
Occupation Attorney

Otis Theodore Wingo (June 18, 1877 – October 21, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas's 4th congressional district, the husband of his successor in office, Effiegene Wingo.

Born in Weakley County in northwestern Tennessee, Wingo attended the public schools, Bethel College at McKenzie, Tennessee, the former McFerrin College at Martin in Weakley County, Tennessee, and Valparaiso University in Indiana. He taught school and studied law, having been admitted to the bar in 1900. He established his practice in De Queen in Sevier County in southwestern Arkansas. From 1907 to 1909, Wingo was a member of the Arkansas State Senate.

In 1912, Wingo was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the eight succeeding Congresses, having served from March 4, 1913, until his death while undergoing surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 21, 1930.

In 1927, Wingo joined his fellow Democrat, U.S. Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson, and Republican State Representative Osro Cobb of Montgomery County in proposing the establishment of a second national park in Arkansas which would have been located in the scenic Ouachita National Forest about halfway between Little Rock and Shreveport, Louisiana. The proposal, which would have been in driving distance of then some 45 million Americans, was pocket vetoed by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge.[2]

Upon Wingo's death, Cobb was urged by his party to contest the vacant U.S. House seat in a special election, but he instead deferred to Wingo's widow.[3]

Wingo and his wife are interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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  1. ^ Mrs. Wingo had five children named "Pratt" and no mention of "Blanche." So each must have had previous marriages.
  2. ^ Osro Cobb, Osro Cobb of Arkansas: Memoirs of Historical Significance (Little Rock, Arkansas: Rose Publishing Company, 1989), pp. 42-44
  3. ^ Cobb, p. 44

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William B. Cravens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Effiegene L. Wingo