|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Ohio's 15th district
March 4, 1933 –August 3, 1942
|Preceded by||C. Ellis Moore|
|Succeeded by||Percy W. Griffiths|
January 3,1949 –September 26,1954
|Preceded by||Percy W. Griffiths|
|Succeeded by||John E. Henderson|
January 3,1963 –December 30,1966
|Preceded by||Tom V. Moorehead|
|Succeeded by||Chalmers P. Wylie|
|Member of the Ohio Senate |
from the 20th district
January 3,1969-December 31,1976
|Preceded by||Tom V. Moorehead|
|Succeeded by||Sam Speck|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
|Died||May 15,1994 90) (aged|
|Resting place||Senacaville Cemetery|
|Alma mater|| Muskingum College |
British School of Civil Affairs
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942 - 1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Robert Thompson Secrest (January 22,1904 near Senecaville,Ohio –May 15,1994,in Cambridge,Ohio)was an American Democratic representative to the United States Congress from the state of Ohio. He served in Congress three separate times:1933 to 1942,1949 to 1954,and 1963 to 1966,resigning each time prior to the end of his term.
Robert Secrest was born at Senacaville,Guernsey County,Ohio,the eldest son of a miner,Robert Waits Secrest (1880-1929),and his wife Amelia née Thompson. Robert attended the State public schools. He subsequently graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord,Ohio,1926,Washington,D.C. College of Law,1938,and Columbia University,New York City,1943. He graduated from British School of Civil Affairs,Wimbledon,England,1943.
Secrest was superintendent of the Murray City,Ohio schools 1931-1932. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives 1931 - 1932. He was elected as a Democrat to the 73rd to 77th United States Congresses,and served March 4,1933 to August 3,1942,when he resigned to join the United States Navy. He was later promoted to Commander and served until February 28,1946 in England,Africa,Italy and the Pacific.
Secrest ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1946,and acted as legal supervisor for the Library of Congress in 1946 - 1947. He was elected to the 81st through 83rd Congresses,and served January 3,1949 to September 26,1954,when he resigned to become a member of the Federal Trade Commission. He served on that commission 1954 - 1961,and was Director of Commerce,State of Ohio in 1962.
Secrest again was elected to the 88th and 89th Congresses,and served January 3,1963 to December 30,1966,when he again resigned after failing at re-election in 1966. He was a member of the Ohio State Senate,1969–1973,and member of the National Council of the American Legion,1978 to 1987. He died May 15,1994 in Cambridge,Ohio.At the time of his death,he was the earliest serving former congressman as well as the last one to have served during the Herbert Hoover administration.
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