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Luther Patrick (January 23, 1894 – May 26, 1957) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born near Decatur, Alabama, Patrick attended the public schools, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, and Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. In 1918 was graduated from the law department of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. During the First World War served as a private, assigned to the Army training detachment and to the Central Officers' Training School, from June 14, 1918, to December 4, 1918. He was admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced practice in Fairfield, Alabama. City attorney of Fairfield 1920-1922. He was author of many poems and books. Began career of radio commentator in 1925. He served as assistant attorney general of Alabama 1927-1929. He served as assistant United States district attorney of the northern Alabama district in 1933 and 1934.

Patrick was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth, Seventy-sixth, and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943).

According to Variety: "Patrick, running as a radio wit and debunker, astonished seasoned politicians when he ran without a platform, without professing to know anything about complex economic problems and without promising anybody anything."[1]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942. He served as a consultant to the War Production Board in 1943 and 1944.

Patrick was elected to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946 and resumed law practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956. His death occurred in Birmingham, Alabama. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

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  • United States Congress. "Luther Patrick (id: P000105)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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