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Wesley A. D'Ewart

Wesley Abner D'Ewart October 1, 1889 – September 2, 1973 was a US 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

D'Ewart served as an assistant to the United States Secretary of Agriculture from January 1955 to September 1955 He was Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior from October 1955 to July 1956 From August 1956 to October 1958 he was a special representative for the Secretary of Agriculture

When incumbent Governor J Hugo Aronson declined to seek reelection as Governor of Montana in 1960, D'Ewart ran to succeed him, and lost to former State Senator Donald Grant Nutter in the Republican primary by fewer than five hundred votes Nutter went on to win the general election

D'Ewart was a director of the National Water Resources Association, and he served on the Western States Water Council from 1966 to 1969

He died in Livingston, Montana, on September 2, 1973 D'Ewart was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston


  • United States Congress "Wesley A D'Ewart id: D000281" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • 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
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
James F O'Connor
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Montana
Succeeded by
Orvin B Fjare

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