Roscoe C. Patterson
Roscoe Conkling Patterson (September 15, 1876 – October 22, 1954) was an American lawyer from Missouri. He was most notable for his service as a United States Representative (1921-1923) and a Senator (1929-1935).
Roscoe C. Patterson
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1935
|Preceded by||James A. Reed|
|Succeeded by||Harry S. Truman|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 7th district
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
|Preceded by||Samuel C. Major|
|Succeeded by||Samuel C. Major|
Roscoe Conkling Patterson
September 15, 1876
|Died||October 22, 1954 (aged 78)|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri |
Washington University in St. Louis
Patterson was born in Springfield, Missouri on September 15, 1876. He attended public and private schools, Drury College, (Springfield) and the University of Missouri in Columbia. He graduated from the law department of Washington University (St. Louis) in 1897, was admitted to the bar later that year, and commenced practice in Springfield.
Start of careerEdit
Patterson was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1920 and served in the 67th Congress, March 4, 1921 to March 3, 1923. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 and resumed the practice of law in Springfield. He was a presidential elector in 1924.
From 1925 to 1928, Patterson resided in Kansas City, Missouri and was United States district attorney for the western district of Missouri. He resigned in 1928 in order to accept the Republican nomination for United States Senator.
Patterson won the general election in November 1928. He took his Senate seat the following year and served one term, March 4, 1929 to January 3, 1935. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (72nd Congress). His chief legislative accomplishment was sponsorship of the Lindbergh Law, which enabled federal authorities to investigate kidnappings if the victims were transported across state lines.
Patterson served during the Great Depression, which was largely blamed on Republican economic policies. He consistently opposed the New Deal remedies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which made him unpopular in Missouri. As a result, Patterson was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in the 1934 election, losing the general election to the Democratic nominee, Harry S. Truman.
Death and burialEdit
- Barrett, Paul W.; Barrett, Mary H. (1988). Young Brothers Massacre. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press. ISBN 978-0-8262-0650-3.
- Christensen, Lawrence O.; Foley, William E.; Kremer, Gary, eds. (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press. ISBN 978-0-8262-6016-1.
- Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.
- Toberman, Walter H. (1951). Official Manual of the State of Missouri. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Secretary of State.
- U.S. Senate Committee on Mines and Mining (1932). Hearing Record: To Create a Bituminous Coal Commission. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.
- "Funeral Service for Paul Patterson Sunday Afternoon". Springfield Republican. Springfield, MO. November 22, 1924 – via Newspapers.com.
- "GOP Leader's Widow Dead". Springfield Leader-Press. Springfield, MO. October 25, 1957 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Hadley Patterson Dies at Hospital After Long Illness". Springfield News-Leader. Springfield, MO. May 2, 1958 – via Newspapers.com.
- United States Congress. "Roscoe C. Patterson (id: P000127)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Roscoe C. Patterson at Find a Grave
- Gallery of Past U.S. Attorneys for the Western District of Missouri at United States Attorneys Office for the Western District of Missouri
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Samuel C. Major
| United States Representative for the 7th Congressional District of Missouri
Samuel C. Major
James A. Reed
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Missouri
Served alongside: Harry B. Hawes, Bennett Champ Clark
Harry S. Truman