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Luther Patrick

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Luther Patrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byJohn P. Newsome
Succeeded byLaurie C. Battle
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byGeorge Huddleston
Succeeded byJohn P. Newsome
Personal details
Born(1894-01-23)January 23, 1894
near Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
DiedMay 26, 1957(1957-05-26) (aged 63)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, law degree
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
UnitCentral Officers' Training School
Battles/warsWorld War I

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

Early life

Born near Decatur, Alabama, Patrick attended the local public schools, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, and Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. He graduated from the law department of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1918. During the First World War, Patrick served as a private. He was 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. He was author of many poems and books.

He served as the city attorney of Fairfield from 1920 until 1922. He began a career as a 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.

Political career

Patrick was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth. He ran in the Democratic primary that constituted the competitive contest in Alabama at the time on a platform that ardently supported President Roosevelt's New Deal. He successfully defeated incumbent Congressman George Huddleston on this platform in 1936 in a hard-fought campaign that saw Congressman Huddleston strike Patrick with a sauce bottle in a restaurant after a heated argument.[1]

He was reelected to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942, and served as a consultant to the War Production Board in 1943 and 1944, before winning back his seat in 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.

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."[2]


His death occurred in Birmingham, Alabama. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Ardent New Dealer Victor in Alabama". The Evening Independent. Associated Press. 11 June 1936. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ Variety, October 14, 1936 (

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Huddleston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
John P. Newsome
Preceded by
John P. Newsome
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Laurie C. Battle
This page was last edited on 2 February 2021, at 23:55
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