- Harley M. Kilgore
name = Harley Martin Kilgore
imagesize = 150px
jr/sr = United States Senator
January 3, 1941
February 28, 1956
Rush D. Holt, Sr.
William R. Laird, III
January 11, 1893
Brown, West Virginia
February 28, 1956(aged 63)
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
party = Democratic
Lawyer, Judge, Military
Harley Martin Kilgore (
January 11 1893- February 28 1956) was a United States Senatorfrom West Virginia.
Born in Brown,
West Virginia, he attended the public schools and graduated from the law department of West Virginia Universityat Morgantown in 1914 and was admitted to the bar the same year.
He taught school in
Hancock, West Virginiain 1914 and 1915, and organized the first high school in Raleigh County, West Virginiain the latter year. He was the school's first principal for a year, and commenced the practice of law in Beckley, West Virginiain 1916. During the First World Warhe served in the infantry from 1917 and was discharged as a captain in 1920; in 1921 he organized the West Virginia National Guardand retired as a colonel in 1953.
He was judge of the Raleigh County criminal court from 1933 to 1940, and was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1940, and won reelection twice. He was a member of the Senate from
January 3, 1941until his death in Bethesda Naval Hospitalin 1956. During the Eighty-fourth Congress, he was chairman of the committee on the judiciary. Also while in the Senate, he chaired the Kilgore Committeethat oversaw U.S. Mobilization efforts for and World War II, and helped set up the War Mobilization Board. He also helped establish the National Science Foundationin 1950.
Senator Kilgore was West Virginia's favorite-son candidate in 1948 Democratic presidential primaries and won his home state unopposed.
He died in 1956, aged 63 and was interred was in
Arlington National Cemetery.
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