Thomas R. Underwood

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Thomas Rust Underwood
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United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
March 19, 1951 November 4, 1952
Preceded by Virgil Chapman
Succeeded by John S. Cooper
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Kentucky's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1949 March 17, 1951
Preceded by Virgil Chapman
Succeeded by John C. Watts
Personal details
Born(1898-03-03)March 3, 1898
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Died June 29, 1956(1956-06-29) (aged 58)
Lexington, Kentucky
Political party Democratic

Thomas Rust Underwood (March 3, 1898 June 29, 1956) served Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.

Kentucky State of the United States of America

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, (because in Kentucky's first constitution, the name state was used) Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.

United States Senate Upper house of the United States Congress

The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the legislature of the United States. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the Capitol, in Washington, D.C.

Underwood was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He worked at the Lexington newspaper and in various state government and horse racing jobs until he was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress; he was reelected to the Eighty-second Congress and served from January 3, 1949, until his resignation on March 17, 1951.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky City in Kentucky, United States

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 31,577.

Horse racing Equestrian sport

Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity.

Underwood was appointed on March 19, 1951, to the United States Senate as a Democrat to fill the vacancy in the term ending January 3, 1955, caused by the death of Virgil Chapman and served from March 19, 1951, to November 4, 1952. He sought to retain the seat in the 1952 special election but lost to John Sherman Cooper.

Virgil Chapman American politician

Virgil Munday Chapman, a Democrat, represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.

John Sherman Cooper politician, jurist, and diplomat from the U.S. state of Kentucky

John Sherman Cooper was an American politician, jurist, and diplomat from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He served three non-consecutive, partial terms in the United States Senate before being elected to two full terms in 1960 and 1966. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 1955 to 1956 and U.S. Ambassador to East Germany from 1974 to 1976. He was the first Republican to be popularly elected to more than one term as a senator from Kentucky and, in both 1960 and 1966, he set records for the largest victory margin for a Kentucky senatorial candidate from either party.

After his stint in the Senate, Underwood went back to his editorial duties with the Lexington Herald. He died in Lexington, Kentucky and was interred at Lexington Cemetery.

Lexington, Kentucky Consolidated city-county in Kentucky, United States

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor. In the 2017 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 321,959, anchoring a metropolitan area of 512,650 people and a combined statistical area of 856,849 people.

Lexington Cemetery botanical garden and cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington Cemetery is a private, non-profit 170-acre (69 ha) cemetery and arboretum located at 833 W. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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References

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Virgil Chapman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 6th congressional district
19491951
Succeeded by
John C. Watts
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Virgil Chapman
United States Senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
March 19, 1951November 4, 1952
Served alongside: Earle C. Clements
Succeeded by
John Sherman Cooper