Charles O. Andrews
|United States Senator|
November 4, 1936 – September 18, 1946
|Preceded by||Scott Loftin|
|Succeeded by||Spessard Holland|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Born||March 7, 1877|
Ponce de Leon, Florida
|Died||September 18, 1946 (aged 69)|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Branch/service||United States National Guard|
|Years of service||1903–1905|
Charles O. Andrews was born in Ponce de Leon, Florida in 1877. He attended public school and the South Florida Military Institute at Bartow, Florida. In 1901 he graduated from the Florida State Normal School at Gainesville, Florida and the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1907. During the Spanish–American War he served as a captain in the Florida National Guard from 1903–1905. Andrews became secretary of the Florida State Senate, holding that position from 1905–1907. About the same time he began studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1907 and commenced practicing law in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He returned to the Florida State Senate as secretary from 1909-1911. He was appointed judge of the criminal court of record of Walton County, Florida 1910–1911, assistant attorney general of Florida 1912–1919, then circuit judge of the seventeenth judicial circuit 1919–1925. Subsequent state positions were as general counsel of the Florida Real Estate Commission 1925–1928, member of the Florida House of Representatives in 1927, attorney for Orlando, Florida 1926–1929, and State supreme court commissioner 1929–1932. On November 3, 1936, voters elected Andrews to Congress as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Park Trammell. He was re-elected in 1940 and served until his death in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 1946. During his time in the United States Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills (Seventy-ninth United States Congress), served with the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (79th Congress), on the Special Committee on Reconstruction of the Senate Roof and Skylights (79th Congress). He is interred in Greenwood Cemetery.
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