Joseph Taylor Robinson

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Joseph Robinson

Joseph Taylor Robinson (born August 16, 1872 in Lonoke , Lonoke County , Arkansas , † July 14, 1937 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician and 1913 Governor of Arkansas and then US Senator .

Early years and political advancement

Joseph Robinson first attended the schools in his home country before studying at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville . After studying law at the University of Virginia , he was admitted to the bar in 1895. He then practiced in his native Lonoke.

Robinson was a member of the Democratic Party and was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives for a term in 1894 . Then he worked as a lawyer again. In 1902 he was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington. There he remained until January 1913. In 1912 he won the election for governor of Arkansas. His tenure began on January 16, 1913. For this reason, he resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives two days earlier.

Arkansas Governor

Joseph Taylor only remained governor of his state until March 8, 1913, because he was elected to the US Senate on January 28 for the recently deceased Senator and ex-Governor Jeff Davis . Incidentally, Robinson was the last US Senator to be elected by a state parliament; In 1913, the 17th amendment to the constitution stipulated that the people should elect the senators directly. In his short time as governor, the conditions were set for the completion of the Capitol in Little Rock . The order for this was given to the architect and ex-governor George Donaghey . An employment office was established with the Bureau of Labor Statistics . In addition, a new sub-department was created with the Highway Commission , which took care of the expansion of the highways.

Another résumé

Robinson remained in the Senate from March 4, 1913 until his death in July 1937. There he was a member of various committees and at times chairman of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Senators. His party nominated him as a candidate for the vice presidency in 1928. But since the top candidate Al Smith was defeated by Republican Herbert C. Hoover , Robinson was denied this office. In the 1930s he was a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal policy.

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