|Name||Joseph Taylor Robinson|
Lonoke, Arkansas , United States
|| August 26, 1872
|Died||July 14, 1937
Jan 03, 2015 05:41pm
|Info||Joseph Taylor Robinson, the son of a farmer, was born in Lonoke County, Arkansas, on 26th August, 1872. After graduating from the University of Arkansas he entered the law department of the University of Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1895. |
Robinson worked as a lawyer in Lonoke, Arkansas. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the 58th Congress in 1902. He held his seat until resigning to become Governor of Arkansas in January 1913. After only three months as governor he was elected to the Senate.
Robinson was minority leader (1923-1933) and was chairman of the Committee on Public Lands. Alfred Smith chose Robinson as his vice presidential candidate in 1928. However, Herbert Hoover, the Republican Party candidate, won with 21,391,381 votes to 15,016,443.
In 1933 Robinson became majority leader and this brought him into conflict with Huey Long. Robinson opposed Long's Share Our Wealth campaign. Long responded by claiming that Robinson was under the control of big business. Accused of corruption, Robinson had on a couple of occasions to be physically restrained from assaulting Long on the Senate floor.
During his period in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Treasury Department and served on the Committee on Claims. Joseph Taylor Robinson died in Washington on 14th July, 1937.
ROBINSON, Joseph Taylor, a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born on a farm near Lonoke, Lonoke County, Ark., August 26, 1872; attended the common schools, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Lonoke, Ark.; member, State general assembly 1895; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1900; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, to January 14, 1913, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Sixty-second Congress); Governor of Arkansas from January to March 1913, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected to the United States Senate in 1913 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Senator Jeff Davis; reelected in 1918, 1924, 1930, and 1936 and served from March 4, 1913, until his death; minority leader 1923-1933; majority leader 1933-1937; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Treasury Department (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Claims (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1928; died in Washington, D.C., July 14, 1937; funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate; interment in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock, Ark.