Edward Wallace Chadwick

Edward Wallace Chadwick

Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Aug 1969 (aged 85)
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Wallingford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 14978396 · View Source
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US Congressman. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district for one term from January 1947 until January 1949. At the age of 6 he moved with his family to Chester, Pennsylvania. After completing high school he attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1906. In 1910 he received his law degree from the same university and was admitted to the bar in the same year and began practicing law in Chester. His first venture into politics was in 1940 when he organized Wendell Willkie for President clubs in the county, as an independent Republican. In January 1945 he was the choice of state Senate Majority Leader Weldon B. Heyburn to fill the remaining year of a vacancy for president judge of the county Orphans Court and was overwhelmingly approved after being nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Martin. In 1946 he ran for the Republican nomination for Congress and won by a slim margin of 287 votes and later that fall he easily defeated his Democratic challenger Vernon O'Rourke. In Congress, he sought to maintain higher visibility before the voters than either his predecessor or successor did. He introduced bills to protect GI insurance and relegate to the states all federal interest in coastal tidelands. A vigorous anti-Communist, he strongly defended the appropriation for the House Un-American Activities committee, and the European Recovery Plan (also known as the Marshall Plan). In 1947 he lost his bid for the Republican nomination of a 2nd term. After leaving Congress, he returned to his private law practice in Chester and served in 1954 as chief counsel to the Senate committee investigating Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. In 1956, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles named Chadwick to a seven member panel to review the records of all career foreign service officers. He died at the age of 85.

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