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Walter Gresham Andrews
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by S. Wallace Dempsey
Succeeded by George F. Rogers
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by John Cornelius Butler
Succeeded by William L. Pfeiffer
Personal details
Born July 16, 1889 (1889-07-16)
Evanston, Illinois
Died March 5, 1949 (1949-03-06) (aged 59)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Princeton University
Profession Football coach



Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Private (1916)

Second Lieutenant (1917)

Major (1917)

Unit Troop I, First New York Cavalry (1916)

Machine Gun Group, First New York Cavalry (1917)

127th United States Infantry, 27th division (1917)

Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Walter Gresham Andrews (July 16, 1889 – March 5, 1949) was an American politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


Andrews was born in Evanston, Illinois the son of William Henry and Kate (Gresham) Andrews. He attended the public schools of Buffalo, New York, graduated from Lawrenceville School in 1908 and from the law department of Princeton University in 1913.[1]


Andrews was head coach of the Princeton Tigers football team in 1913.

During World War I, he served on the Mexican border as a private, Troop I, First New York Cavalry, in 1916. Commissioned second lieutenant, he was with the Machine Gun Group, First New York Cavalry, in 1917. He served in France with the 107th Infantry Regiment, Twenty-seventh Division, and was promoted to major.[2] In 1918, he was wounded in an attack on the Hindenberg Line.[2] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.[3][4]

After the war, Andrews was employed as superintendent and central sales manager, Pratt & Lambert, Inc., Buffalo, New York, until 1925.[2]

He was supervisor of the fifteenth federal census for the seventh district of New York in 1929 and 1930, and director of the Buffalo General Hospital.

Elected to Congress in 1930, Andrews served from March 4, 1931 until January 3, 1945 for the 40th District; and from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1949 for the 42nd District.[5] He was chairman of the United States House Committee on Armed Services, during the 80th United States Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination, due to physicians advising him to take things easier.


Andrews died in a hotel at Daytona Beach, Florida from a heart attack on March 5, 1949 (age 59 years, 232 days). He was cremated, and his ashes are interred at Old Fort Niagara Cemetery, Youngstown, New York.[6]

Head coaching record[]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Princeton Tigers (Independent) (1913)
1913 Princeton 5–2–1
Princeton: 5–2–1
Total: 5–2–1
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.


  1. "Walter G. Andrews". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 13 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  3. "Walter G. Andrews". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. "Valor awards for Walter Gresham Andrews". 
  5. "Walter G. Andrews". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. "Walter G. Andrews". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

External links[]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
S. Wallace Dempsey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 40th congressional district

Succeeded by
George F. Rogers
Preceded by
John Cornelius Butler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 42nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William L. Pfeiffer

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