James Harry Covington (1870-1942) — also known as J. Harry Covington — of Easton, Talbot County, Md.; Washington, D.C. Born in Easton, Talbot County, Md., May 3, 1870. Democrat. Lawyer; Talbot County State's Attorney, 1903-09; U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1909-14; resigned 1914; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1912 (chair, Committee on Rules and Order of Business; speaker); justice of District of Columbia supreme court, 1914-18. Episcopalian. Member, Kappa Sigma. Died in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1942 (age 71 years, 277 days). Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery.
|Relatives: Son of James Harry Covington (1836-1915) and Emma Virginia (Robinson) Covington (1839-1870); married, April 4, 1899, to Ethel Kate Rose (1879-1976).|
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http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000816 COVINGTON, James Harry, (1870 - 1942)
COVINGTON, James Harry, a Representative from Maryland; born in Easton, Talbot County, Md., May 3, 1870; received an academic training in the public schools of Talbot County and the Maryland Military Academy at Oxford; entered the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1891, attending at the same time special lectures in history, literature, and economics, and was graduated from that institution in 1894; commenced the practice of law in Easton, Md.; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the State senate in 1901; State’s attorney for Talbot County 1903-1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first, Sixty-second, and Sixty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his resignation on September 30, 1914, to accept a judicial position; chief justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia from October 1, 1914, to June 1, 1918, when he resigned to practice law in Washington, D.C.; professor of law in Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1914-1919; appointed by President Wilson as a member of the United States Railroad Commission in January 1918; practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he died on February 4, 1942; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery, Easton, Md.
In 1908, Covington won a Congressional seat as a Democrat, serving in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s First Congressional District, which was then composed of nine Eastern Shore counties.
He served in Congress until September, 1914, resigning to accept the position as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Covington continued to serve as the District’s Supreme Court Chief Justice until 1918, when he resigned and returned to practicing law, this time in Washington, D.C. During those years, (1914-1919), he was also a professor of law at Georgetown University. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Covington to the United States Railroad Commission.
In January 1, 1919, J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling established the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., and were joined in the new firm by George Rublee, who had been a member of the Federal Trade Commission – also appointed by President Woodrow Wilson.
Appears in 1916-1917 Georgetown director
Chief Justice Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
Lecturer on Common Law Pleadings and Corporations/Associations
Ex Congressman James Harry Covington Upheld Harrison Narcotics Act delegation of regulatory authority to the U.S. Department of Treasury to define what constituted legitimate professional medicine.
This was consistent with the general subversion of freedom of medicine and diet as being promulgated via the American Medical Association.
Covington would resign his positions as judges and law professor to start the law firm Covington & Burling, which is perhaps the largest legal representative of the mass produced food, drugs (pharmaceutical) and Tobacco industries.