POAGE, William Robert

POAGE, William Robert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1899–1987

Biography

POAGE, William Robert, a Representative from Texas; born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., December 28, 1899; in 1901 moved to Throckmorton County, Tex., with his parents, who settled near Woodson; attended the rural schools of Throckmorton County, Tex.; during the First World War served as an apprentice seaman in the United States Navy; attended the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Colorado at Boulder; Baylor University, Waco, Tex., A.B., 1921; engaged in agricultural pursuits 1920-1922; instructor in geology at Baylor University 1922-1924; law department of Baylor University, LL.B., 1924; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Waco, Tex.; instructor in law at Baylor University 1924-1928; member of the State house of representatives 1925-1929; served in the State senate 1931-1937; delegate, Texas State Democratic convention, 1922; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1956, 1960, and 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress; reelected to the twenty succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his resignation December 31, 1978; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Ninetieth through Ninety-third Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; was a resident of Waco, Tex., until his death in Temple, Tex., on January 3, 1987; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Tex.

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

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External Research Collections

Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials, W.R. Poage Legislative Library

Waco, TX
Papers: 1924-1987, approximately 951.5 linear feet. The papers of W.R. "Bob" Poage document his service in the Texas Legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the bulk of the papers are from W.R. Poage's congressional years, 1937 to 1978, there are also materials dealing with his life as a Texas State Senator in the 1930s and in retirement in the 1980s. The massive congressional papers contain the usual government files for agencies, commissions, departments, committees, legislation, correspondence, and case files, both civilian and military. Of particular interest are W.R. Poage's files while he served as a member and chairman on the House Agriculture Committee. Other files cover government agencies, such as the Rural Electrification Administration and the Brazos River Authority. The papers also include travel files and diaries, speeches, card files, biographical materials, photographs, media, awards, and maps. There are also materials documenting information concerning W.R. Poage's family, the death of his wife, guest books, inaugural invitations, recordings, and historic newspapers. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Hyde Murray Papers, 1947-1984, approximately 127 linear feet. Subjects covered in the papers include W.R. "Bob" Poage. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Baylor University
The Texas Collection

Waco, TX
Oral History: August 21, 1971-December 22, 1983; 5 volumes. The oral history interviews of W.R. Poage were conducted between 1971 and 1983 for the Waco and McLennan County Project for the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. The extensive interviews cover W.R. Poage's personal life, his career in the Texas legislature, and in the U.S. House of Representatives. An abstract of the interviews is available in the repository and online.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: August 21, 1971-December 22, 1983; 5 volumes. The oral history interviews of W.R. Poage were conducted between 1971 and 1983 for the Waco and McLennan County Project for the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. The extensive interviews cover W.R. Poage's personal life, his career in the Texas legislature, and in the U.S. House of Representatives. An abstract of the interviews is available at Baylor University and online.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: Oral history interviews of Lawrence F. O'Brien and Wilbur D. Mills include references to W.R. "Bob" Poage. The transcripts for the interviews are available in the library and online.

University of Virginia
Harrison Institute and Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Oral History: In the Bruce J. Dierenfield Interview, 1975-1984, 24 cassettes. The oral history interview includes references to W.R. "Bob" Poage.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Poage, W.R. My First 85 Years. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University, 1985.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: W. R. Poage, Democratic Representative from Texas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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