William M. Tuck
|William M. Tuck|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
April 14, 1953 – January 3, 1969
|Preceded by||Thomas B. Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Dan Daniel|
|55th Governor of Virginia|
January 16, 1946 – January 18, 1950
|Lieutenant||Lewis Preston Collins II|
|Preceded by||Colgate Darden|
|Succeeded by||John S. Battle|
|25th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
|Preceded by||Saxon Winston Holt|
|Succeeded by||Lewis Preston Collins II|
|Member of the
|Member of the
Virginia House of Delegates
|Born||South Boston, Virginia
September 28, 1896
Halifax County, Virginia
|Died||June 9, 1983
South Boston, Virginia
|Resting place||Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Boston, Virginia|
|Spouse(s)||Eva Ellis Lovelace Dillard Tuck|
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary
Washington and Lee University
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1918–1919|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
He was the youngest son of Halifax County, Virginia tobacco warehouseman Robert James Tuck and Virginia Susan Fritts. Tuck graduated from the College of William and Mary, earning a teacher's certificate. He served in U.S. Marine Corps in 1917 in the Caribbean. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1921 and was admitted to Virginia bar then was a Halifax, Virginia attorney who also served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and as the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1942 to 1946. As governor, he reorganized state government, enacted a right-to-work law, and created a state water pollution control agency.
Tuck was elected as a Democrat to U.S. Congress seat in 1953 to assume vacancy created by Thomas Bahnson Stanley who had resigned to run for Governor of Virginia. There he opposed most major items of civil rights legislation during the 1950s and 1960s. He also promised "massive resistance" to the Supreme Court's 1954 decision banning segregation, Brown v. Board of Education, and helped draft the Stanley plan—a series of state laws designed to legally avoid Brown.
He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Boston, Virginia.
He was a delegate to Democratic National Conventions of 1948 and 1952
His personal papers, including papers from his time as congressman and governor, are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary. His executive papers from his time as governor are held by the Library of Virginia.
- "William Munford Tuck Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- "TUCK, William Munford, (1896–1983)", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- "TUCK, Governor William Munford", South Boston Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History
- "Gov. & Mrs. William M. Tuck". Historical Sketches, 1884–1984. Halifax County, Virginia: South Boston Steering Committee, OldHalifax.com. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
|Governor of Virginia
John S. Battle