Joseph L. Bristow
|Joseph Little Bristow|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1915
|Preceded by||Chester I. Long|
|Succeeded by||Charles Curtis|
July 22, 1861|
Hazel Green, Kentucky
|Died||July 14, 1944
Joseph Little Bristow (July 22, 1861 – July 14, 1944) was an American Republican politician from Kansas.
Bristow was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1908 and served from 1909 to 1915. Bristow is perhaps best known for provoking a sarcastic comment from Vice President Thomas R. Marshall. One day while Bristow was delivering a speech in the Senate on "what this country needs", Marshall whispered loudly enough for most of the chamber to hear, "What this country really needs is a good five-cent cigar."
Bristow fought fiercely for direct election of Senators, which, until the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1912, were elected by (or appointed by processes established by) state legislatures.
Bristow was defeated in his 1914 re-election bid. He spent the rest of his days farming his Virginia estate, Ossian Hall. When he died in 1944, his body was returned to Kansas for burial next to his wife Margaret in Salina's Gypsum Hill Cemetery.
- Explicit and Authentic acts amending the Constitution, David E. Kyvig. pp 210-213
- United States Congress. "Joseph L. Bristow (id: B000844)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
Chester I. Long
|U.S. Senator from Kansas, Class 3