William R. Poage

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William R. Poage
William R. Poage 1977 congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – December 31, 1978
Preceded by Oliver H. Cross
Succeeded by Marvin Leath
Personal details
Born (1899-12-28)December 28, 1899
Waco, Texas
Died January 3, 1987(1987-01-03) (aged 87)
Temple, Texas
Political party Democratic Party

William Robert Poage (December 28, 1899 – January 3, 1987) was a Texas politician.

Poage was born in Waco, Texas and served in the United States Navy during World War I. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1925 to 1929, and in the Texas Senate from 1931 to 1937.

In 1936, Poage was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat. Poage came down with Ménière's disease, which eventually left him deaf in one ear. In the House, he supported acts designed to help the rural residents of his district. Poage was the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture from 1967 to 1975, until he was removed from his position in a revolt by House Democratic Caucus against the Seniority system. The Caucus considered Poage to be too conservative and he was replaced by Tom Foley.

The W.R. Poage Federal Building is located in downtown Temple, Texas.

Poage did not run for re-election in 1978 and retired to his home in Waco, Texas. The following year the W. R. Poage Legislative Library for Graduate Studies and Research was dedicated on the Baylor University Campus to house Poage's congressional papers and the papers of eight other former U. S. Congressmen.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ W. R. "Bob" Poage Biography

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Shires
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 97-2 (Waco)

1925–1929
Succeeded by
Frank Baldwin
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Edgar E. Witt
Texas State Senator
from District 13 (Waco)

1931–1937
Succeeded by
William R. Newton, Sr.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oliver H. Cross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th congressional district

1937–1978
Succeeded by
Marvin Leath
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold D. Cooley
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
1967–1975
Succeeded by
Tom Foley