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George Austin Welsh (August 9, 1878 – October 22, 1970) was a United States Representative from Pennsylvania and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

George Austin Welsh
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
August 29, 1957 – October 22, 1970
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
May 20, 1932 – August 29, 1957
Appointed byHerbert Hoover
Preceded byJoseph Whitaker Thompson
Succeeded byThomas C. Egan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – May 31, 1932
Preceded byGeorge P. Darrow
Succeeded byRobert Lee Davis
Personal details
George Austin Welsh

(1878-08-09)August 9, 1878
Bay View, Maryland
DiedOctober 22, 1970(1970-10-22) (aged 92)
Media, Pennsylvania
Resting placeWest Laurel Hill Cemetery
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMedia, Pennsylvania
EducationTemple University Beasley School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born on August 9, 1878, in Bay View, Cecil County, Maryland, Welsh attended the country schools and the public schools of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] He took business and academic courses from Temple University and engaged as a legislative stenographer and reporter from 1895 to 1901.[1] He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1905 from Philadelphia Law School of Temple College (now Temple University Beasley School of Law) and was admitted to the bar the same year.[2] He entered private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1905 to 1923.[2] He was Secretary to Mayor John Weaver of Philadelphia from 1905 to 1906.[3] He was an assistant city solicitor for Philadelphia from 1906 to 1907.[2] He was an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia from 1907 to 1922.[2] He was Secretary of Temple University from 1914 to 1938, and began serving as its first Vice President in 1938.[1] He was President of the Republican district executive committee from 1914 to 1932.[1] He attended officers' training camp at Fort Niagara, New York in 1917.[1] He was a member of the Board of Education of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania from 1921 to 1932.[2]

Congressional serviceEdit

Welsh was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives of the 68th United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his resignation May 31, 1932.[1] He was Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions for the 69th United States Congress.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Welsh was nominated by President Herbert Hoover on April 14, 1932, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Joseph Whitaker Thompson.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 19, 1932, and received his commission on May 20, 1932.[4] He assumed senior status on August 29, 1957.[2] His service terminated on October 22, 1970, due to his death in Media, Pennsylvania, where he resided.[1] He was cremated and his ashes interred in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Welsh married Nellie Ross Wolf of Bermuda in 1906. They had two sons, William Austin Welsh and James Conwell Welsh. In 1921, he married for the 2nd time Helen Reed Kirk and they had three children together, Margaret, Patrick and Deborah.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "George Austin Welsh (1878 - 1970)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g George Austin Welsh at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ "Judge George Austin Welsh - Open Jurist". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Books, L. L. C. "George Austin Welsh". United States District Court Judges Appointed by Herbert Hoover: James Alger Fee, John Paul, Jr., Robert P. Patterson, Phillip Forman. General Books. ISBN 9781155653693.
  5. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Wells-hannum to Wentsch". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Leonard, John W. (1939). Who's who in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries. L. R. Hammersly. p. 620. Retrieved June 5, 2016.



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