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Garrett Lee WITHERS

(1884-1953)
Senate Years of Service:
1949-1950
Party:
Democrat

WITHERS, Garrett Lee, a Senator and a Representative from Kentucky; born on a farm in Webster County, near Clay, Ky., June 21, 1884; student of Providence M. and F. Academy and Southern Normal School, Bowling Green, Ky.; admitted to the bar in 1908; practicing attorney in Webster County, Ky., 1911-1953; clerk of Webster County Circuit Court 1910-1912, and master commissioner 1913-1917; member, Kentucky Highway Commission 1932-1936; referee in bankruptcy 1941-1945; appointed commissioner, Kentucky Department of Highways 1947-1949; appointed on January 20, 1949, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alben W. Barkley, and served from January 20, 1949, to November 26, 1950; was not a candidate for election to the vacancy; member, Kentucky house of representatives 1951; elected on August 2, 1952, as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John A. Whitaker; reelected to the Eighty-third Congress and served from August 2, 1952, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., April 30, 1953; interment in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Clay, Ky.

Bibliography

U.S. Congress. Memorial Services. 83rd Cong., 1st sess., 1953. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1953.

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

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