Patrick H. Drewry

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Patrick H. Drewry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
April 27, 1920 – December 21, 1947
At-large: March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by Walter A. Watson
Succeeded by Watkins M. Abbitt
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 10, 1912 – April 27, 1920
Preceded by Charles T. Lassiter
Succeeded by Morton G. Goode
Personal details
Born Patrick Henry Drewry
(1875-05-24)May 24, 1875
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Died December 21, 1947(1947-12-21) (aged 72)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary E. Metcalf (m. 1906)
Alma mater Randolph-Macon College
University of Virginia
Religion Methodist

Patrick Henry Drewry (May 24, 1875 – December 21, 1947) was a U.S. Representative and state legislator from Virginia.[1][2]


Drewry as a state senator during the 1912 Virginia General Assembly

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Drewry first attended several local public schools, Petersburg High School, and McCabe's University School. He then went on to pursue his studies at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia, where he graduated in 1896. Drewry then decided to pursue law at the University of Virginia, and was admitted to the bar in 1901. Commenced his legal practice in Petersburg, Drewry served as director of the Petersburg Savings and American Trust Co.

He served as member of the Senate of Virginia in the years 1912–1920. He served as delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916. He served as chairman of the Economy and Efficiency Commission of Virginia in 1916–1918. He served as chairman of the State auditing committee in 1916–1920. He served as chairman of the State advisory board in 1919. He served as member of the Democratic National Congressional Committee in 1923–1927. He served as member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1925.

Drewry was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Walter A. Watson. He was reelected to the Sixty-seventh and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from April 27, 1920, until his death in Petersburg, Virginia, December 21, 1947. He was interred in Blandford Cemetery.


  • 1920; Drewry was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed in a special election, and he won re-election with 92.63% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican F.L. Mason.
  • 1922; Drewry was re-elected with 86.19% of the vote, defeating Republican Herbert Rogers and Independent W.H. Gill.
  • 1924; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1926; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1928; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1930; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1932; Drewry was re-elected as part of the Democratic ticket for Virginia's at-large congressional district; he won 8.24% in a 24-way race.
  • 1934; Drewry was re-elected with 94.4% of the vote, defeating Socialist Dan Killinger and Independent Mary F. Leslie.
  • 1936; Drewry was re-elected with 90.35% of the vote, defeating Republican John Martin and Socialist Killinger.
  • 1938; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1940; Drewry was re-elected with 96.03% of the vote, defeating Socialist Cyrus Hotchkiss.
  • 1942; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1944; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1946; Drewry was re-elected with 87.14% of the vote, defeating Republican Andrew S. Condrey.

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