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Luther Patrick was born near Decatur, Alabama on January 23, 1894. He attended local public schools, and attended Louisiana State University and Purdue University. He graduated in 1918 from the law department of the University of Alabama and entered the Army as a private during World War I. He was admitted to the bar in 1919 and take up his legal practice at Fairfield, Alabama, serving there as city attorney (1920-1922). He began work as a radio commentator in 1925 (at WAPI and then WBRC), served as assistant attorney general of Alabama (1927-1929), assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama (1933-1934), and was then elected as a Democrat from Alabama's Ninth Congressional District for three terms (1937-43).
Unsuccessful for his bid for reelection in 1942, he again served in Congress during WW II for a single term (1945-47). During World War II he served as a member of the War Production Board (1943-45). After the war he resumed law practice in Birmingham, Alabama. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]
Luther Patrick, Hope Ye're Livin' an' Doin' Well (Birmingham, Alabama, 1932)
___________, Friends, Neighbors, Kinfolks (Prairie City, Illinois: James A. Decker, 1946)
Luther Patrick, Goosepocket (Birmingham, Alabama: Vulcan Press, 1955)(illustrated by Hubert Harper)(a collection of homespun yarns)
Luther Patrick Collection, 1936-1957