James Harry COVINGTON, Congress, MD (1870-1942)


COVINGTON, James Harry, a Representative from Maryland; born in Easton, Talbot County, Md., May 3, 1870; received an academic training in the public schools of Talbot County and the Maryland Military Academy at Oxford; entered the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1891, attending at the same time special lectures in history, literature, and economics, and was graduated from that institution in 1894; commenced the practice of law in Easton, Md.; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the State senate in 1901; Stateâs attorney for Talbot County 1903-1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first, Sixty-second, and Sixty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his resignation on September 30, 1914, to accept a judicial position; chief justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia from October 1, 1914, to June 1, 1918, when he resigned to practice law in Washington, D.C.; professor of law in Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1914-1919; appointed by President Wilson as a member of the United States Railroad Commission in January 1918; practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he died on February 4, 1942; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery, Easton, Md.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present