Percy Lee Gassaway

Percy Lee Gassaway

Birth
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 15 May 1937 (aged 51)
Coalgate, Coal County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Coalgate, Coal County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 11889306 · View Source
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US Congressman. Elected as a Democrat to represent Oklahoma's 4th District in the Seventy-fourth Congress, he served from 1935 to 1937. The son of a Methodist minister, the Texas-born Gassaway moved with his family to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1899, and he completed his education in Oklahoma City. After a period of travelling through the Southwest and Mexico he settled in Coalgate, Oklahoma, where he was admitted to the bar and became a practicing attorney in 1918. He served as Coal County Judge in 1923 and as Judge of the 26th Judicial District from 1926 until his election to Congress. Gassaway was a colorful presence on Capitol Hill, nicknamed "The Cowboy Congressman" for his habit of riding his horse to and from the US House. He supported most of President Roosevelt's New Deal policies and was an outspoken critic of Louisiana Senator Huey Long. His constituents were not impressed, however, and he failed to win renomination for a second term. He died of a heart attack at 51, five months after leaving office. He was married four times and had 14 children.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 11889306
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Lee Gassaway (30 Aug 1885–15 May 1937), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11889306, citing Coalgate Cemetery, Coalgate, Coal County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .