Elmer H. Wene

Elmer H. Wene (* May 1, 1892 in Pittstown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; † January 25, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ) was an American politician. Between 1937 and 1945 he represented twice the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Elmer Wene attended the common schools and then studied at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. After that he worked near Vineland in agriculture. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1925 and 1934 Wene was a member of the Agriculture Committee of New Jersey. In the congressional elections of 1936 he was in the second electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Bacharach on January 3, 1937. Since he Republican Walter S. Jeffries defeated in 1938, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1939 First, while the other New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted.

Between 1939 and 1941 Wene belonged to the County Council in Cumberland County. In 1940 he was re-elected in the Second District of New Jersey in the Congress, where he replaced Walter Jeffries again on January 3, 1941. After a re-election in 1942, he could spend up to January 3, 1945 two other legislatures in the U.S. House of Representatives, which were shaped by the events of World War II. In 1944 Wene renounced another candidacy. Instead, he sought unsuccessfully to the election to the U.S. Senate.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Wene again worked in agriculture. He worked mainly in the field of poultry breeding. He also led in 1945 in New Jersey two broadcasters. Elmer Wene was also an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1946 he was elected to the Senate from New Jersey; In 1947 he was part of a commission for the revision of the State Constitution. The following year he was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture under President Harry S. Truman. 1949 candidate Elmer Wene unsuccessfully for the governorship of New Jersey; a year later failed another Congress candidate. In 1953, he strove equally unsuccessful at his party's nomination for the gubernatorial elections. He died on January 25, 1957 in Philadelphia.