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Richard Pretlow ERNST

(1858-1934)
Senate Years of Service:
1921-1927
Party:
Republican

ERNST, Richard Pretlow, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Covington, Ky., February 28, 1858; attended the public schools; graduated from Chickerings Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1874, from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1878, and from the law school of the University of Cincinnati in 1880; admitted to the bar in 1880 and practiced in Covington and Cincinnati; member of the Covington city council 1888-1892; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1920 and served from March 4, 1921, to March 3, 1927; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws (Sixty-seventh Congress), Committee on Patents (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Privileges and Elections (Sixty-ninth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Cincinnati, Ohio; also engaged in banking in Covington, Ky.; died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., on April 13, 1934; interment in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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