Thomas Rust Underwood
| United States Senator |
March 19, 1951 –November 4, 1952
|Appointed by||Lawrence Wetherby|
|Preceded by||Virgil Chapman|
|Succeeded by||John Sherman Cooper|
|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Kentucky's 6th district
January 3,1949 –March 17,1951
|Preceded by||Virgil Chapman|
|Succeeded by||John C. Watts|
|Died||June 29,1956 58) (aged|
|Resting place||Lexington Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky|
Thomas Rust Underwood (March 3,1898 –June 29,1956) served Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.
Thomas Rust Underwood was born in Hopkinsville,Kentucky on March 3,1891.He attended public schools and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1917. During World War I,Underwood served in the Students Army Training Corps at the University of Kentucky.
Underwood worked as the general manager of the Lexington Herald from 1931 to 1935 and editor from 1935 to 1936.He was a member of the Kentucky state planning board from 1931 to 1935 and secretary of the state racing commission from 1931 to 1943 and 1947 to 1947. He was secretary of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners from 1934 to 1948. He then served as the assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Stabilization in 1943.
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.
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.
After his stint in the Senate,Underwood went back to his editorial duties with the Lexington Herald.
Underwood died in Lexington,Kentucky on June 29,1956. He was interred at Lexington Cemetery.
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