James Harry Covington
James Harry Covington (
August 15, 1863– May 14, 1939) was an American juristand politician. He represented the Maryland's 1st congressional districtin the United States House of Representativesfrom 1909 to 1914, and served as chief justiceof the Supreme Court of the District of Columbiafrom 1914 to 1918.
Covington was born in
Easton, Maryland, and attended the Maryland Military Academy at Oxford. He entered the law department of the University of Pennsylvaniaat Philadelphia in 1891, attending at the same time special lectures in history, literature, and economics, and graduated in 1894.
Soon thereafter, Covington began to practice of law in Easton. He was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the
Maryland State Senatein 1901, and served as State’s attorney for Talbot County, Maryland, from 1903 to 1908. He was elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1908 and served the 1st Congressional district of Maryland from March 4, 1909 until his resignation on September 30, 1914, to accept the position of chief justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.
Covington served as chief justice of that court from
October 1, 1914, to June 1, 1918, when he resigned to practice law in Washington, D.C.. He was a professor of law at Georgetown Universityfrom 1914 to 1919, and was appointed by President Woodrow Wilsonas a member of the United States Railroad Commissionin January 1918. He and Edward B. Burlingestablished the law firm of Covington & Burlingon January 1, 1919. Covington died in Washington, D.C., and is interred in Spring Hill Cemetery of Easton.
Covington served as Worthy Grand Master on the Supreme Executive Committee of the
Kappa SigmaFraternity from 1892–1894.
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