William R. Poage
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 11th district
January 3, 1937 - December 31, 1978
|Oliver H. Cross|
|Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture|
January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1975
|Harold D. Cooley|
|Thomas S. Foley|
|Member of the Texas State Senate from the 13th district|
January 13, 1931 - January 12, 1937
|Edgar E. Witt|
|William R. Newton, Sr.|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 2nd district|
January 13, 1925 - January 8, 1929
|Born||December 28, 1899|
Waco, Texas, U.S.
|Died||January 3, 1987 (aged 87)|
Temple, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Baylor University (AB, LLB)|
Poage was born in Waco, Texas and was raised near Woodson. He attended the schools of Throckmorton County, and during World War I served as an apprentice seaman in the United States Navy. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Colorado Boulder before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1921. He farmed and taught geology at Baylor before attending Baylor Law School, from which he received his LL.B. in 1924. Poage practiced law in Waco and taught at Baylor Law. A Democrat, he served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1925 to 1929, and the Texas State Senate from 1931 to 1937.
In 1936, Poage was elected to the House of Representatives. He was later diagnosed with Ménière's disease, which eventually left him deaf in one ear. In the House, he supported acts designed to help the rural residents of his district. He supported the farm price supports of the Roosevelt Administration, and worked to keep farmers prosperous. Poage was the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture from 1967 to 1975, until he was removed from his position in a revolt by House Democratic Caucus against the Seniority system. The Caucus considered Poage to be too conservative and he was replaced by Tom Foley.
He was one of the majority of the Texan delegation to decline to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto opposing the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
Poage did not run for re-election in 1978 and retired to his home in Waco, Texas. The following year the W. R. Poage Legislative Library for Graduate Studies and Research was dedicated on the Baylor University Campus to house Poage's congressional papers and the papers of eight other former U. S. Congressmen. On January 3, 1987, he died of heart failure at 87 years old after receiving open heart surgery.
|Texas House of Representatives|
| Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 97-2 (Waco)
Edgar E. Witt
| Texas State Senator
from District 13 (Waco)
William R. Newton, Sr.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Oliver H. Cross
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th congressional district
Harold D. Cooley
| Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
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