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William Fosgate KIRBY

(1867-1934)
Senate Years of Service:
1916-1921
Party:
Democrat

KIRBY, William Fosgate, a Senator from Arkansas; born near Texarkana, Miller County, Ark., November 16, 1867; attended the common schools; studied law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., and graduated in 1885; admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Texarkana, Ark.; member, State house of representatives 1893, 1897; member, State senate 1899-1901; author of ’Kirby’s Digest of the Statutes of Arkansas’ in 1904; moved to Little Rock in 1907; attorney general of Arkansas 1907-1909; elected associate justice of the supreme court of Arkansas 1910-1916, when he resigned, having been elected on November 7, 1916, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James P. Clarke; served from November 8, 1916, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1920 and again in 1932; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Patents (Sixty-fifth Congress); resumed the practice of law; an associate justice of the supreme court of Arkansas from 1926 until his death in Little Rock, Ark., July 26, 1934; interment in State Line Cemetery, Texarkana, Ark.

Bibliography

Niswonger, Richard L. “William F. Kirby, Arkansas’s Maverick Senator.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Autumn 1978): 252-63.

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

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