Eugene Octave Sykes

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Eugene Octave Sykes, Jr.
Eugene Octave Sykes (1876-1945) in 1916.jpg
Sykes in 1916
Mississippi Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by Theodore Bilbo
1st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
July 11, 1934 – March 8, 1935
Appointed by Calvin Coolidge
Succeeded by Anning S. Prall
Personal details
Born (1876-07-16)July 16, 1876
Aberdeen, Mississippi
Died June 21, 1945(1945-06-21) (aged 68)
Washington, DC
Parents Eugene Octave Sykes, Sr.
India Rogers
Education Saint John's College[disambiguation needed]
United States Naval Academy
University of Mississippi

Eugene Octave Sykes, Jr. (July 16, 1876 – June 21, 1945) was a judge on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He served as the first Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1934 to 1935.[1]


He was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi on July 16, 1876 to Eugene Octave Sykes, Sr. and India Rogers. He attended St. John's College High School and the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Mississippi for his graduate degtree.[1]

He served on the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1916 to 1924, appointed by Theodore Bilbo. Calvin Coolidge appointed him to the Federal Radio Commission in 1927. He served as the first Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1934 and 1935.[1]

He died of a heart attack on June 21, 1945 in Washington, DC.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Associated Press (June 22, 1945). "Eugene O. Sykes, 68, Mississippi Jurist. Former Chairman of Federal Communications Body Dies. Justice of State Court". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-16. Eugene Octave Sykes, former justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi and an original member of the Federal Radio Commission and of the later Federal Communications Commission, died of a heart attack today after an illness of several months. ... 

Further reading[edit]

  • Flannery, Gerald V. (1995). Commissioners of the FCC, 1927-1994. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. pp. 1–3. ISBN 0-8191-9669-X. 
  • "Eugene Octave Sykes 1876–1945". Broadcasting and Broadcast Advertising (Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.) 28 (26A): 18. June 25, 1945.