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William R. Poage

Born: Dec 28, 1899

Death: Jan 3, 1987

Birthplace: Waco

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

William R. Poage

Date of Birth : Dec 28, 1899
Date of Death : Jan 3, 1987
Birth Place : Waco

William Robert Poage was a Texas politician. 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 diagnosed with Meniere'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. 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.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

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