POFF, Richard Harding

1923–2011

Biography

POFF, Richard Harding, a Representative from Virginia; born in Radford, Montgomery County, Va., October 19, 1923; attended the Christiansburg, Va., public schools; undergraduate work at Roanoke College, Salem, Va.; during the Second World War, served as a bomber pilot with the Eighth Air Force in England; flew thirty-five successful missions over Europe; awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; was inactivated from the service as a first lieutenant serving from February 1943 to August 1945; University of Virginia at Charlottesville, LL.B., 1948; was admitted to the bar in June 1947, and commenced practice in Radford, Va., in 1948; delegate Republican National Convention, 1968; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third Congress; reelected to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation August 29, 1972, to become a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia; died on June 28, 2011, in Tullahoma, Tenn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1935-1972, approximately 20,000 items. The collection of Richard Poff contains correspondence, speeches, press releases, legislative research material, questionnaires and newsletters, comprising Richard Poff's office files from his career as a congressman from Virginia's 6th District; and scrapbooks, guestbooks, films of "Washington Report," and tapes of campaign advertisements. Topics include agriculture, armed services, government appropriations, re-election campaigns, 1968 presidential campaign, railroads and highways in Virginia, watershed projects, crime and criminal law, federal aid to the 6th District, appointments and patronage, civil rights, states' rights, electoral college reform, gun control, unions, labor reform, anti-trust laws, and voting explanations and tabulations. Congressional committees and commissions represented include Banking and Currency, Education and Labor, Interior and Insular Affairs, Judiciary, Post Office and Civil Service, Public Works, Rules, Science and Technology, Small Business, Standards of Official Conduct, Ways and Means, National Commission on the Reform of Criminal Laws, and the Republican Task Force on Crime. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Robert H. Angell Papers, 1896-1981, approximately 130 items. Correspondents include Richard H. Poff.
Papers: In the of Frederick William McWane Papers, 1912-1961, 5 linear feet. Correspondents include Richard Harding Poff.
Papers: In the William B.Spong Papers, 1957-1988, 35 linear feet. Other authors include Richard Harding Poff.

College of William and Mary
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Ted Dalton Papers, ca. 1933-1978, 14 boxes. Prominent correspondents include Richard H. Poff.
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