Albert Henry Vestal

Albert Henry Vestal (* January 18, 1875 in Frankton, Madison County, Indiana, † April 1, 1932 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1917 and 1932 he represented the State of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Albert Vestal attended the public schools of his home and then the Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute. He then worked for several years as a teacher. After studying law at Valparaiso University and its made ​​in 1896 admitted to the bar he began in Anderson to work in this profession. Between 1900 and 1906 he was a prosecutor in the 50th Judicial District of the State of.

Politically, Vestal member of the Republican Party. In 1908, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of his party for the congressional elections; in 1914 he ran again unsuccessfully for this body. In the congressional elections of 1916 Vestal but was chosen in the eighth electoral district of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of John Adair on 4 March 1917. After seven elections he could remain until his death on April 1, 1932 at the Congress.

In Vestals time as congressman of the First World War and since 1929 the world economic crisis fell. At that time also the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. It was about the Prohibition Act and the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage. Between 1919 and 1925 Albert Vestal was chairman of the Committee of Weights and Measures; 1925-1931 he headed the Patent Committee. After his death, his parliamentary seat fell to John W. Boehne.