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Patrick H. Drewry

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Patrick H. Drewry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
April 27, 1920 – December 21, 1947
At-large: March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byWalter A. Watson
Succeeded byWatkins M. Abbitt
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 10, 1912 – April 27, 1920
Preceded byCharles T. Lassiter
Succeeded byMorton G. Goode
Personal details
Patrick Henry Drewry

(1875-05-24)May 24, 1875
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedDecember 21, 1947(1947-12-21) (aged 72)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary E. Metcalf (m. 1906)
Alma materRandolph-Macon College
University of Virginia

Patrick Henry Drewry (May 24, 1875 – December 21, 1947) was a U.S. Representative and state legislator from Virginia.[1][2]

Early life and education

Drewry as a state senator during the 1912 Virginia General Assembly
Drewry as a state senator during the 1912 Virginia General Assembly

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Drewry first attended several local public schools, Petersburg High School, and McCabe's University School. He then went on to pursue his studies at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia, where he graduated in 1896. Drewry then decided to pursue law at the University of Virginia, and was admitted to the bar in 1901. Commenced his legal practice in Petersburg, Drewry served as director of the Petersburg Savings and American Trust Co.[citation needed]

Political career

He served as a member of the Senate of Virginia from 1912 to 1920. He was also a delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924. In 1916, he served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916. He was chairman of the Economy and Efficiency Commission of Virginia in 1916–1918. He later was appointed to serve as chairman of the State auditing committee from 1916 to 1920, and as chairman of the State advisory board in 1919. He later was a member of the Democratic National Congressional Committee from 1923 to 1927. He also served as member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1925.[citation needed]

Drewry was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Walter A. Watson. He was reelected to the Sixty-seventh and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from April 27, 1920, until his death in Petersburg, Virginia, December 21, 1947.

He was interred in Blandford Cemetery.


  • 1920; Drewry was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed in a special election, and he won re-election with 92.63% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican F.L. Mason.
  • 1922; Drewry was re-elected with 86.19% of the vote, defeating Republican Herbert Rogers and Independent W.H. Gill.
  • 1924; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1926; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1928; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1930; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1932; Drewry was re-elected as part of the Democratic ticket for Virginia's at-large congressional district; he won 8.24% in a 24-way race.
  • 1934; Drewry was re-elected with 94.4% of the vote, defeating Socialist Dan Killinger and Independent Mary F. Leslie.
  • 1936; Drewry was re-elected with 90.35% of the vote, defeating Republican John Martin and Socialist Killinger.
  • 1938; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1940; Drewry was re-elected with 96.03% of the vote, defeating Socialist Cyrus Hotchkiss.
  • 1942; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1944; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1946; Drewry was re-elected with 87.14% of the vote, defeating Republican Andrew S. Condrey.

See also


  1. ^ Swem, Earl G. (1918). Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918. Richmond: Virginia State Library. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Dodson, E. Griffith (1939). The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1919-1939: Register. Richmond: Virginia State Library. Retrieved January 27, 2016.

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