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Edward William Pou (/ˈpjuː/; September 9, 1863 – April 1, 1934), was an American politician, serving in the United States Congress as a representative from 1901 until his death in Washington, D.C. on April 1, 1934.

Edward William Pou
Edward Pou.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – April 1, 1934
Preceded byJohn W. Atwater
Succeeded byHarold D. Cooley
34th Dean of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 1933 – April 1934
Preceded byGilbert N. Haugen
Succeeded byAdolph J. Sabath
Personal details
Born(1863-09-09)September 9, 1863
Tuskegee, Alabama
DiedApril 1, 1934(1934-04-01) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, September 9, 1863, he moved to North Carolina with his parents in 1867, where he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied law. After practicing law in Smithfield, North Carolina for a number of years, he served as a Democratic U.S. Representative from the North Carolina 4th District, 1901–1934, and served as chairman of the Committee on Claims (abolished in 1946) and then of the Rules Committee. He died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1934, while still in office.


Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest "Though my name is spelled Pou, it is pronounced as though it were spelled pew or pugh." (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Edward W. Pou (id: P000474)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • New York Times: "E.W. Pou is Dead, Veteran in House," April 2, 1934, accessed January 15, 2010

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Atwater
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Harold D. Cooley