Miles Poindexter

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Miles Poindexter
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1923
Preceded by Samuel H. Piles
Succeeded by Clarence Dill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1911
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by William Leroy La Follette
United States Ambassador to Peru
In office
April 20, 1923 – March 21, 1928
President Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by William E. Gonzales
Succeeded by Alexander P. Moore
Personal details
Born (1868-04-22)April 22, 1868
Memphis, Tennessee
Died September 21, 1946(1946-09-21) (aged 78)
Rockbridge County, Virginia
Political party Republican

Miles Poindexter (April 22, 1868 – September 21, 1946) was an American politician. As a Republican and later a Progressive, he served as a United States Representative and United States Senator from the state of Washington.

Early life[edit]

Poindexter was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the Fancy Hill Academy in Virginia, and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he graduated with an LL.B. degree in 1891.

Legal career[edit]

After he graduated, he settled in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law. In 1892 he became the prosecuting attorney of Walla Walla County. He moved to Spokane, Washington in 1897 where he continued the practice of law. He served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Spokane County from 1898 to 1904, and as a judge of the superior court from 1904 to 1908.

Political life[edit]

He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress, and served from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1911 representing Washington's newly created 3rd congressional district. He was then elected to the United States Senate in 1910 and was reelected in 1916, serving from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1923. Poindexter left the Republican Party in 1913 to join the Progressive Party, rejoining the Republicans in 1915.[1] He was unsuccessful in his candidacy for reelection in 1922. On June 1, 1916, he was one of only three Republican Senators to vote to confirm Louis Brandeis as a Supreme Court Justice—the other two being Robert M. La Follette and George W. Norris.

Positions on Committees[edit]

Later life[edit]

Poindexter was appointed by President Warren Harding as Ambassador to Peru from 1923 to 1928. In 1928 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate. He returned to his home, ‘Elk Cliff,’ in Greenlee, Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he died. He was interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.




U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Leroy La Follette
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Samuel H. Piles
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Washington
Served alongside: Wesley L. Jones
Succeeded by
Clarence C. Dill
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William E. Gonzales
United States Ambassador to Peru
20 April 1923 – 21 March 1928
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Moore