Eugene Octave Sykes
Eugene Octave Sykes, Jr.
Sykes in 1916
|Mississippi Supreme Court|
|Appointed by||Theodore Bilbo|
|1st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission|
July 11, 1934 – March 8, 1935
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Anning S. Prall|
|Born||July 16, 1876|
|Died||June 21, 1945 (aged 68)|
|Parents||Eugene Octave Sykes, Sr.|
|Education||St. John's College High School|
United States Naval Academy
University of Mississippi
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 degree.
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.
- Associated Press (June 22, 1945). "Eugene O. Sykes, 68, Mississippi Jurist. Former Chairman of Federal Communications Body Dies. Justice of State Court". The 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. ...
- 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.