Lee S. Overman (1854-1930)

Lee Slater Overman's political career spanned from the Reconstruction period until after World War I. He served in the North Carolina state house of representatives from 1883 until 1899. He was elected to be the Democratic Senator from North Carolina in 1903 and and served for many years until his death in 1930. He was best remembered for passing the Overman Act in 1918. This was an important piece of war legislation which legalized President Woodrow Wilson's administrative efforts to win World War I by reorganizing executive offices. After the war, Overman became involved in the Red Scare investigations into German and Bolshevik propaganda.

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