Oscar Lee Gray

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Oscar Lee Gray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919
Preceded by George W. Taylor
Succeeded by John McDuffie
Personal details
Born Oscar Lee Gray
(1865-07-02)July 2, 1865
Marion, Mississippi
Died January 2, 1936(1936-01-02) (aged 70)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Resting place Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Alabama
Profession Attorney
Judge

O.L. Gray (July 2, 1865 – January 2, 1936) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born in Marion, Mississippi, Gray attended school in Choctaw County, Alabama. He studied law, graduated from the University of Alabama in 1885, and was admitted to the Alabama bar. Gray taught school and served as Superintendent of Education for Choctaw County. He served as solicitor for the First Judicial Circuit from 1904 to 1910 and was a delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention.

Gray was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919). He served on the Rivers and Harbors Committee and was the first Congressman to sign the World War I Declaration of War. His 1918 re-election campaign materials boast of his relationship with and support for U.S. President Woodrow Wilson:

"He Stood by the President All the Time Let's all Stand by Him this Time."

After serving in Congress he returned to the Gray Plantation in Butler, Alabama and resumed the practice of law. In November 1934 he was elected Judge of the Alabama First Judicial Circuit Court.

He died January 2, 1936 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the home of his daughter and son-in-law (Bess Gray Garrett and Dr. Broox Cleveland Garrett) and grandchildren (Betty Gray Garrett and Broox C. Garrett, Jr.). Gray was interred next to his widow Laura Lee Gray, at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.

Gray's great-granddaughter, Dr. Betsy Vogel Boze, served as president of The College of The Bahamas.

References[edit]

Oscar Lee Gray at Find a Grave

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

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

1915 – 1919
Succeeded by
John McDuffie