ODDIE, Tasker Lowndes, (1870 - 1950)

Senate Years of Service: 1921-1933
Party: Republican

ODDIE, Tasker Lowndes, a Senator from Nevada; born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 20, 1870; reared in East Orange, N.J.; attended the public schools; while engaged in business in New York, attended night law school and graduated from the law department of New York University in 1895; admitted to the bar the same year, but did not engage in extensive practice; moved to Nevada in 1898 and settled in Austin; became interested in mining, agricultural pursuits, and in raising livestock; developed the principal gold and silver mining properties in the Tonopah and Goldfield districts; district attorney for Nye County 1901-1902; member, State senate 1903-1906; resumed his former business pursuits; Governor of Nevada 1911-1915; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1920; reelected in 1926 and served from March 4, 1921, to March 3, 1933; chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses), Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Seventy-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932; engaged in mining; died in San Francisco, Calif., February 17, 1950; interment in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nev.


Bibliography

Chan, Loren. Sagebrush Statesman: Tasker L. Oddie of Nevada. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1973; Douglass, William A., and Robert A. Nylen, eds. Letters from the Nevada Frontier: Correspondence of Tasker L. Oddie, 1989-1902. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.