HUMPHREYS, Robert, (1893 - 1977)

Senate Years of Service: 1956-1956
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

HUMPHREYS, Robert, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Fulgham, Hickman County, Ky., August 20, 1893; educated in public schools and graduated from Marvin College, Clinton, Ky., in 1914; attended the University of Wisconsin; during the First World War served overseas and was discharged as a first sergeant 1917-1919; registered pharmacist in the retail drug business in Mayfield, Ky., and later at Frankfort, Ky.; member, Kentucky house of representatives 1920; member, Kentucky senate 1932-1936; president pro tempore of State senate in 1934 and clerk of three senate sessions 1936-1942; Kentucky highway commissioner 1936-1940; served as a captain in the Medical Corps during the Second World War 1943-1945; State highway commissioner 1955-1956, when he resigned to accept appointment on June 21, 1956, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alben W. Barkley; served from June 21, 1956, to November 6, 1956; was not a candidate for election to the vacancy; resumed retail drug business; resided in Frankfort, Ky., where he died December 31, 1977; interment in Highland Park Cemetery, Mayfield, Ky.