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Henry De La Warr FLOOD

(1865-1921)

FLOOD, Henry De La Warr, (brother of Joel West Flood and uncle of Harry Flood Byrd), a Representative from Virginia; born in “Eldon,” Appomattox County, Va., September 2, 1865; attended the public schools of Appomattox and Richmond, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Appomattox, Va.; member of the Virginia state house of delegates, 1887-1891; member of the Virginia state senate, 1891-1903; elected prosecuting attorney for Appomattox County, 1891, 1895, and 1899; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served until his death (March 4, 1901-December 8, 1921); chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Territories (Sixty-second Congress); author of the resolutions declaring a state of war to exist between the United States and the Imperial German Government and with the Imperial Austro-Hungarian Government; died on December 8, 1921, in Washington, D.C.; interment in a mausoleum on the courthouse green at Appomattox, Va.

Bibliography

Kaufman, Burton Ira. “Henry De La Warr Flood: A Case Study of Organization Politics in An Era of Reform” Ph.D. diss., Rice University, 1966; Treon, John A. “The Political Career of Henry De La Warr Flood: A Biographical Sketch, 1865-1921.” Essays in History (University of Virginia) 10 (1964-1965): 44-65.

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

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