Carl W. Riddick
|Carl W. Riddick|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's 2nd district
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||Scott Leavitt|
|Born||Carlos Wood Riddick
February 25, 1872
|Died||July 9, 1960
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Profession||newspaper editor, wheat and cattle raising|
Riddick was born in Wells, Faribault County, Minnesota and was educated in the public schools in Michigan, He attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
In 1918, Montana's at-large congressional district, which elected two separate members, was abolished, and the 1st and 2nd districts were created in its place. One of the at-large representatives, John M. Evans, opted to run for re-election in the 1st district, while the other, Jeannette Rankin, instead opted to run for the Senate. Riddick ran in the newly-created 2nd district, and was narrowly elected over Harry B. Mitchell, the Democratic nominee. He was re-elected in a landslide over M. McCusker in 1920. Rather than seek re-election to a third term, he opted to run for the United States Senate in 1922 to replace retiring Senator Henry L. Myers. Riddick won the Republican primary over State Attorney General Wellington D. Rankin, but in the general election, he lost to Burton K. Wheeler, the Democratic nominee, by a wide margin.
After leaving politics, Riddick served as president of the National Republic, a magazine published in Washington, D.C. He was the operator of a home development at Sylvan Shores in South River, Maryland. In later years he lived in Maryland and Florida. His son, Merrill K. Riddick, ran for several offices in Montana as well as President.
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