John A. M. Adair
John Alfred McDowell Adair
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 8th district
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1917
|Preceded by||George W. Cromer|
|Succeeded by||Albert H. Vestal|
|Member of the Indiana House of Representatives|
|Born||December 22, 1864|
|Died||October 5, 1938 (aged 73)|
Born in Portland, Indiana, Adair attended the public schools and Portland High School where he engaged in mercantile pursuits and served as clerk of the city of Portland 1888–1890. He also served as clerk of Jay County 1890-1895 where he studied law. Adair was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Portland, Indiana. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1902 and 1903. During this time, he engaged in banking, being elected president of the First National Bank of Portland in 1904.
Adair was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1917). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses). However, he did not seek renomination in 1916, but was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of Indiana.
Later career and death
Afterward, he resumed the banking business in Portland, Indiana. Later, he moved to Washington, D.C., in 1924 and served as vice president of Southern Dairies (Inc.) until 1931. He also served as chairman of the board of the Finance Service Co., in Baltimore, Maryland from 1933 to 1935, and served as vice president of the Atlas Tack Corporation in Fairhaven, Massachusetts from 1935 to 1937. Adair also served as director of the Artloom Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1937.
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