Wesley A. D'Ewart
|Wesley A. D'Ewart|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's 2nd district
June 5, 1945 – January 3, 1955
|Preceded by||James F. O'Connor|
|Succeeded by||Orvin B. Fjare|
October 1, 1889|
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||September 2, 1973
Livingston, Montana, United States
|Alma mater||Washington State College at Pullman|
Wesley Abner D'Ewart (October 1, 1889 – September 2, 1973) was a U.S. Republican politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from Montana's 2nd congressional district from June 5, 1945, to January 3, 1955.
He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts as the son of William John D'Ewart and Mary Elizabeth Barnard. He attended Washington State College at Pullman and moved to Montana, where he settled in Park County, working as a businessman. From 1937 to 1939, he served in the Montana House of Representatives, and from 1941 to 1945, he served in the Montana Senate.
When United States Congressman James F. O'Connor, who represented Montana's 2nd congressional district died on January 15, 1945, a special election was held to replace him, which D'Ewart won. He was re-elected in 1946 against Democratic nominee John J. Holmes by a wide margin, and in 1948, he defeated Willard E. Fraser to narrowly win re-election. D'Ewart was re-elected in 1950 and 1952 against John J. Holmes.
Rather than seek re-election, D'Ewart ran for the United States Senate against incumbent Democratic Senator James E. Murray in 1954. Following a close and contentious election, Murray narrowly defeated D'Ewart to win his final term in the Senate. He ran for Governor of Montana in 1960 when incumbent Governor J. Hugo Aronson declined to seek re-election, D'Ewart ran to succeed him. He lost to former State Senator Donald Grant Nutter in the Republican primary by fewer than five hundred votes.
Following his defeat, D'Ewart largely exited public life, serving on the Western States Water Council from 1966 to 1969, and then as a director of the National Water Resources Association. He died in Livingston, Montana, on September 2, 1973.
- Wesley A. D'Ewart at Find a Grave
- Wesley A. D’Ewart Papers, (1936-1973), Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections Library, Montana State University Collection website
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James F. O'Connor
|United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Montana
Orvin B. Fjare
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