|Photograph, 1911, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HOBSON, Richmond Pearson, a Representative from Alabama; born in Greensboro, Hale County,
Ala., August 17, 1870; attended private schools and Southern University; was
graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1889 and from the French
National School of Naval Design at Paris in 1893; served in the United States
Navy from 1885 until 1903; special representative of the Navy Department to the
Buffalo Exposition in 1901 and to the Charleston Exposition in 1901 and 1902;
naval architect, author, and lecturer; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth
and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1915);
unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress;
moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and later to New York City; organized the
American Alcohol Education Association in 1921 and served as general secretary;
organized the International Narcotic Education Association in 1923 and served
as president; organized the World Conference on Narcotic Education in 1926 and
served as secretary general and as chairman of the board of governors; founder
of the World Narcotic Defense Association in 1927, serving as president;
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1933 for sinking the collier
Merrimac in 1898; was made a rear admiral by act of Congress
in 1934; founder and president of the Constitutional Democracy Association in
1935; died in New York City March 16, 1937; interment in Arlington National
BibliographyPittman, Walter E.
Navalist and Progressive: The Life of Richmond P. Hobson.
Manhattan, KS: MA/AH Publishing, 1981; Rosenfeld, Harvey.
Richmond Pearson Hobson: Naval Hero of Magnolia Grove. Las
Cruces, NM: Yucca Tree Press, 2000.