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John D. Hoblitzell Jr.

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John D. Hoblitzell Jr.
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 25, 1958 – November 4, 1958
Appointed byCecil H. Underwood
Preceded byMatthew M. Neely
Succeeded byJennings Randolph
Personal details
Born(1912-12-30)December 30, 1912
Parkersburg, West Virginia
DiedJanuary 6, 1962(1962-01-06) (aged 49)
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Alma materWest Virginia University

John Dempsey Hoblitzell Jr. (December 30, 1912 – January 6, 1962) was an American politician from West Virginia. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Hoblitzell was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He graduated from the West Virginia University in 1934. He was involved in insurance, real estate, construction, and banking businesses. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the United States Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant.

Hoblitzell was active in community service and civic affairs, serving as the first president of The West Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce (1939–1940).

He also served in several positions in education, including as a member board of governors of West Virginia University (1937–1944), a member of Wood County School Board (1950–1956), a delegate to White House Conference on Education (1954), president of the West Virginia School Board Association (1954), and a member of the National Citizens Committee on Higher Education (1955). In addition, he was chairman of the Governor's West Virginia Commission on State and Local Finance (1954).

In 1956 Hoblitzell was an unsuccessful in a bid for the Republican nomination to the House of Representatives. He was appointed on January 25, 1958, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Matthew M. Neely and served until November 4, 1958. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the vacancy. After leaving the Senate, he resumed his business interests.

He died, of a heart attack, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 1962 and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg, West Virginia.

External links

  • United States Congress. "John D. Hoblitzell Jr. (id: H000665)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Sweeney
Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senator from West Virginia
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
Cecil H. Underwood
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Matthew M. Neely
 U.S. senator (Class 2) from West Virginia
January 25, 1958 – November 4, 1958
Served alongside: W. Chapman Revercomb
Succeeded by
Jennings Randolph
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