Wellington D. Rankin

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Wellington D. Rankin
Attorney General of Montana
In office
1921–1924
Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court
In office
1926–1928
Personal details
Born Wellington Duncan Rankin
(1884-09-16)September 16, 1884
Missoula, Montana
Died June 4, 1966(1966-06-04) (aged 81)
Political party Republican
Relations Jeannette Rankin (sister)
Alma mater
Occupation Attorney

Wellington D. Rankin (September 16, 1884 – June 4, 1966) was a Republican public official from the state of Montana.[1][2]

He was born Wellington Duncan Rankin on September 16, 1884 in Missoula, Montana, the son of John and Olive (née Pickering) Rankin. He grew up in a political family, with several of his relatives holding public office. He attended Harvard University, earning his bachelor's degree in 1905, and Harvard Law School, graduating in 1909.[3] He was a Rhodes Scholar.

An attorney by profession, he served in the United States Army during World War I. He was elected Montana Attorney General in 1920 and was reelected in 1924. He unsuccessfully stood for the Republican Senate nominated in 1924. In 1926, he was appointed an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court, a position he held until 1928, when he ran unsuccessfully for Governor. He returned to practicing law until 1942, when he ran for the U.S. Senate against liberal incumbent Democrat James Edward Murray. He lost to Murray by a vote of 83,673 to 82,461.[4]

Wellington's older sister, Jeannette Rankin, was the first woman ever elected to Congress in the United States. She was elected U.S. Representative in 1916 and again in 1940. A lifelong pacifist, she was one of 50 House members (total of 56 in both chambers) who opposed the war declaration of 1917, and she was the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Her vote against the United States entering World War II was highly unpopular, and resulted in her losing her re-election bid.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Wellington Rankin". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Guide to the Wellington D. Rankin papers 1904-1969". Northwest Digital Archives. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gilder, Don. "A local Rhodes Scholar - Wellington Duncan Rankin". www.oldmissoula.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  4. ^ Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1942 (PDF). Washington, DC: Clerk of the House. 1943. p. 17. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
S.C. Ford
Attorney General of Montana
1921–1924
Succeeded by
L.A. Foot