Hugh Ike Shott

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Hugh Ike Shott (September 3, 1866 October 12, 1953) was a newspaper editor, pioneer broadcaster, and Republican politician in the U.S. State of West Virginia.


Shott apprenticed as a printer. He moved to the then-booming new city of Bluefield, West Virginia. He took control of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the city's primary morning newspaper. Via straw parties, he also controlled the "competing" evening Mountain Sunset Review.

He was also involved in the railway mail service and was postmaster for several years. In that era, postmaster was a political appointment given by the President of the United States.

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1928 and re-elected in 1930. However, he was defeated for a third term in 1932, as well as in his attempt to run for the United States Senate in 1936.

In 1942, he was a candidate for the special Senate "short term" caused by the resignation of Matthew M. Neely. He won and served from November 18, 1942 to January 3, 1943. The election was almost honorary, as the Senate only met twice during his term of office. He was not a candidate in the regular election, held on the same day, for the following regular six-year term. He was referred to as "Senator" for the rest of his life.


In 1928, his sons Hugh, Jr., and Jim H., obtained a license for the only radio station in Bluefield at the time. The call letters stood for his initials – WHIS. In 1948, Jim...
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