Clifton A. Woodrum

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Clifton Alexander Woodrum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – December 31, 1945
At-large: March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by James P. Woods
Succeeded by J. Lindsay Almond, Jr.
Personal details
Born April 27, 1887
Roanoke, Virginia
Died October 6, 1950(1950-10-06) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University College of Medicine
Washington and Lee University
Profession Pharmacist, Lawyer

Clifton Alexander Woodrum (April 27, 1887 – October 6, 1950) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Woodrum attended the public schools of his native city and the University College of Medicine (now combined with the Medical College of Virginia), Richmond, Virginia. He became a registered pharmacist and engaged in his profession in Roanoke. He studied law at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Commonwealth attorney of Roanoke 1917-1919. He served as judge of the Hustings Court of Roanoke 1919-1922.

Woodrum was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his resignation on December 31, 1945, to become president of the American Plant Food Council, Inc.

He was considered a "Southern Progressive" in Washington, and he bucked the powerful Byrd Organization to become an ardent "New Dealer." As a member of the United States House Committee on Appropriations, he steered federal money for the purchase of land for Roanoke's airport, originally called "Woodrum's Field" in his honor, and today known as the Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport. He was also instrumental in bringing the United States Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, now known as the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, to the area. The hospital brought many jobs to the region during the Great Depression.[1]

He died in Washington, D.C., October 6, 1950. He was interred in Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia. His grandson was Chip Woodrum who served in the Virginia House of Delegates.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1922; Woodrum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 77.95% of the vote, defeating Republican Fred W. McWane.
  • 1924; Woodrum was re-elected with 69.01% of the vote, defeating Republican McWane.
  • 1926; Woodrum was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1928; Woodrum was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1930; Woodrum was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1932; Woodrum was re-elected along with the Democratic slate in the at-large district; he won 8.39% of the vote in a 24-way race.
  • 1934; Woodrum was re-elected with 67.14% of the vote, defeating Republican Thomas J. Wilson, Jr., Socialist W.L. Gibson, and Independent John Moffett Robinson.
  • 1936; Woodrum was re-elected with 60.69% of the vote, defeating Republican T.X. Parsons.
  • 1938; Woodrum was re-elected with 55.89% of the vote, defeating Republican McWane.
  • 1940; Woodrum was re-elected with 68.14% of the vote, defeating Republican McWane and Socialist Lawrence S. Wilkes.
  • 1942; Woodrum was re-elected with 93.56% of the vote, defeating Republican Stephen A. Moore.
  • 1944; Woodrum was re-elected 69.09% of the vote, defeating Republican John Strickler.


  1. ^ Roanoke Times. Discover History & Heritage: Exploring the People and Places of Southwest Virginia. 2015. Issue 3 originally published with the copyrighted February 25, 2016 edition of The Roanoke Times. Page 58.
  2. ^ Obituary of Chip Woodrum

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James P. Woods
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
District abolished
Himself after district re-established in 1935
Preceded by
District re-established
John S. Wise before district abolished in 1885
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's at-large congressional seat

Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
District re-established
Himself before district abolished in 1933
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Lindsay Almond, Jr.