GASSAWAY, Percy Lee, (1885 - 1937)


”Mr. Gassaway Prefers His Horse” (detail), 1935, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GASSAWAY, Percy Lee, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., August 30, 1885; moved to Fort Sill, Okla. (then Indian Territory), with his parents in 1899; attended the public schools in Fort Sill and Oklahoma City, Okla.; employed as a clerk in a law office; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1918 and commenced practice in Coalgate, Okla.; also engaged in agricultural and ranching pursuits; appointed county judge of Coal County, Okla., in 1923, elected in 1924, and served until 1926; district judge of the twenty-sixth judicial district 1926-1934; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936; resumed the practice of law and also engaged as a rancher near Coalgate, Coal County, Okla.; died in Coalgate, Okla., May 15, 1937; interment in Coalgate Cemetery.