POINDEXTER, Miles

1868–1946

Biography

POINDEXTER, Miles, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born in Memphis, Tenn., April 22, 1868; attended the Fancy Hill Academy, Rockbridge County, Va., and Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., graduating in law from that university in 1891; settled in Walla Walla, Wash., in 1891; admitted to the bar and began the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Walla Walla County in 1892; moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1897 and continued the practice of law; assistant prosecuting attorney for Spokane County 1898-1904; judge of the superior court 1904-1908; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); elected to the United States Senate in 1910; reelected in 1916 and served from March 4, 1911, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Interior Department (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixty-second, Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the War Department (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Indian Depredations (Sixty-fifth Congress); appointed by President Warren Harding as Ambassador to Peru 1923-1928; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1928; returned to his home, 'Elk Cliff,' Greenlee, Rockbridge County, Va., where he died September 21, 1946; interment in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane County, Wash.

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

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External Research Collections

Eastern Washington State Historical Society

Spokane, WA
Papers: 1880-1946. 7 feet. Correspondence and clippings relating to Senate campaign (1909-1910); manuscripts of writings; miscellaneous business and estate records; genealogical materials; and correspondence, financial records, and memorabilia of his son, Gale. Also in Poindexter family papers, 1900-1970. 16 feet. Finding aid.

Eastern Washington State University

Cheney, WA
Papers: 11 items (1909-1914) in the Beverly Clarke Mosby papers.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: On 1 microfilm reel of Bertram T. Lee correspondence, 1923-1936. Originals in University of Virginia Library.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Junius Emery Beal papers, 1882-1946; and John J. Carton papers, 1883-1921. Finding aid.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: In Lola Clark Pearson papers, 1888-1950.

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives

Seattle, WA
Papers: 1897-1937. Ca. 250 feet. Correspondence with constituents, political associates, and family; literary manuscripts; legislation; campaign material; scrapbooks; account books; clippings; and photographs relating to service in Congress (1909-1923) and as ambassador to Peru (1923-1928). Subjects include revolt against the leadership in Congress by an insurgent group (1909-1912); presidential election of 1912; League of Nations; World War I and preparedness; tariffs; railroad regulation; anticommunism; Latin American relations; Peruvian culture; naval affairs; Indian affairs; and land cases in Washington state. Available in part on 180 microfilm reels (produced in 1946-1947). Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Austin E. Griffiths papers, 1891-1952 (bulk 1904-1920); Edwin Gardner Ames papers, 1887-1931; and Merrill & Ring Lumber Company records, 1888-1956.

Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma, WA
Papers: 7 letters.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Allen, Howard W. "Miles Poindexter and the Progressive Movement." Pacific Northwest Quarterly 53 (July 1962): 114-22.

___. Poindexter of Washington: A Study in Progressive Politics. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1981.

Filson, Helen. "Miles Poindexter and the Progressive Movement in Eastern Washington, 1908-1913." Master's thesis, Washington State University, 1941.

Poindexter, Miles. The Ayar-Incas. 2 vols. New York: H. Liveright, 1930.

___. Peruvian Pharaohs. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1938.

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