Ezekiel C. Gathings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ezekiel Candler Gathings
Ezekiel Gathings.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byWilliam J. Driver
Succeeded byBill Alexander, Jr.
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1903-11-10)November 10, 1903
Prairie, Mississippi
DiedMay 2, 1979(1979-05-02) (aged 75)
West Memphis, Arkansas
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Alabama (did not graduate)
University of Arkansas School of Law

Ezekiel Candler "Took" Gathings (November 10, 1903 – May 2, 1979) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas, representing Arkansas' First Congressional District from 1939 to 1969. A conservative and segregationist, Gathings was an ally of Strom Thurmond, and stood against all civil rights legislation. Gathings also chaired the 1952 House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials, which advocated for censorship of obscene magazines, books, and comics.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Prairie, Mississippi, Gathings' family moved to Earle, Arkansas when Gathings was school-aged.[1]

His nickname derived from Gathings' younger brother's mispronunciation of his childhood nickname, "Sugar" ("Tooker", shortened to "Took").

Gathings graduated from high school in Earle, and briefly attended University of Alabama, before transferring to the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he graduated in 1929. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Helena, Arkansas, moving his practice to West Memphis, in 1932.

Political career[edit]

Gathings served in the state senate from 1935–1939 and was elected as a Democrat (defeating incumbent William J. Driver) to the Seventy-sixth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1969). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law and served as a member of West Memphis, Arkansas, Port Authority.

Gathings resided in West Memphis, Arkansas, where he died May 2, 1979. He was interred in Crittenden Memorial Park, Marion, Arkansas.


  1. ^ "Ezekiel Candler "Took" Gathings (1903–1979) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas". www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William J. Driver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Alexander

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.