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Ralph Waldo Emerson Gilbert (January 17, 1882 – July 30, 1939) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, son of George Gilmore Gilbert.

Ralph Gilbert
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Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
1929
1933
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byLewis L. Walker
Succeeded byBrent Spence
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1929
Preceded byKing Swope
Succeeded byLewis L. Walker
Personal details
Born(1882-01-17)January 17, 1882
Taylorsville, Kentucky
DiedJuly 30, 1939(1939-07-30) (aged 57)
Louisville, Kentucky
Resting placeShelbyville, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Taylorsville, Kentucky, Gilbert attended the public schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He was graduated from the law school of the University of Louisville in 1901. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Gilbert was elected judge of the Shelby County Court in 1910. He was reelected in 1914 and served until his resignation in 1917.

Gilbert was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1929). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress. He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1929.

Gilbert was elected to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1932. He resumed the practice of law in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He again served in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1933.

Gilbert was elected a member of the Kentucky Senate in 1936 and served until his death in Louisville, Kentucky, July 30, 1939. He was interred in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Kentucky.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Ralph Waldo Emerson Gilbert (id: G000177)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
King Swope
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1929
Succeeded by
Lewis L. Walker
Preceded by
Lewis L. Walker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
Brent Spence

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