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Walter Ellsworth Brehm (May 25, 1892 – August 24, 1971) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Walter Ellsworth Brehm
Walter Ellsworth Brehm.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byHarold K. Claypool
Succeeded byOliver P. Bolton
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1892-05-25)May 25, 1892
Somerset, Ohio
DiedAugust 24, 1971(1971-08-24) (aged 79)
Columbus, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBoston University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Ohio State University


Born in Somerset, Ohio, Brehm attended the public schools and worked in steel mills, rubber factories, and oil fields after graduation from high school. He graduated from the Ohio State University Dental School at Columbus in 1917 and attended Boston (Massachusetts) University, and Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio.

Brehm served as a member of Company D, Seventh Regiment, Ohio Infantry from 1908 to 1913. He engaged in the practice of dentistry in Logan, Ohio from 1921 to 1942.


He served as the Treasurer of the Republican Executive Committee of Hocking County, Logan City Council from 1936 to 1938 and served then in the State House of Representatives 1938–1942.

Brehm was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953).


On December 20, 1950,[1] Brehm was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. on charges that he accepted campaign contributions of $1000 from his clerk, Emma Craven, and from another clerk, Clara Soliday.[2] On April 30, 1951,[1] Brehm was convicted of taking the contribution from Craven, and acquitted of taking money from Soliday.[2] On June 11, 1951, Federal Judge Burnita Shelton Matthews sentenced Brehm to five to fifteen months in prison, and fined him $5000. She suspended the sentence, saying that Brehm had led an exemplary life before the incident.[2] He never served any time in prison.[1]

Later yearsEdit

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress. He resumed the practice of dentistry and affiliated with a dental supply company after retirement from active practice. Resided in Columbus, Ohio, until his death there August 24, 1971.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Grossman 2003 : 410
  2. ^ a b c Grossman 2003 : 33, 34


  • Grossman, Mark (2003). Political Corruption in America : An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1576070603.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold K. Claypool
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
Succeeded by
Oliver P. Bolton