Richard P. Ernst

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Richard P. Ernst
Richard Pretlow Ernst.jpg
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 4, 1927
Preceded byJohn C.W. Beckham
Succeeded byAlben W. Barkley
Personal details
Richard Pretlow Ernst

(1858-02-28)February 28, 1858
Covington, Kentucky
DiedApril 13, 1934(1934-04-13) (aged 76)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyRepublican

Richard Pretlow Ernst (February 28, 1858 – April 13, 1934) was a Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky who served from 1921 to 1927.


Born in 1858, Ernst graduated from Centre College in 1878 and got his law degree from the Cincinnati Law School in 1880. That year, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky. He served on the Covington city council from 1888 to 1892 and ran (unsuccessfully) for election to Congress in 1896.

After his election to the Senate in 1920, Ernst served on the Committee on the Revision of the Laws, the Committee on Patents, and the Committee on Privileges and Elections. He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 1926 by future Vice President Alben W. Barkley and returned to practicing law in Cincinnati.

He died in 1934 while in Baltimore, Maryland.

YMCA Camp Ernst, a YMCA summer camp in Burlington, Kentucky, is named after Senator Ernst, who provided the camp with its first 100 acres (0.4 km²) of land.


  • United States Congress. "Richard P. Ernst (id: E000206)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
J. C. W. Beckham
United States Senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
March 4, 1921–March 3, 1927
Succeeded by
Alben W. Barkley