TUCK, William Munford (1896-1983)

TUCK, WILLIAM MUNFORD, a Representative from Virginia; born near High Hill, Halifax County, Va., September 28, 1896; attended the public schools; during the First World War served in the United States Marines from June 1918 to July 1919; attended the College of William and Mary and was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1921; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in South Boston, Va.; chairman of the Virginia State Democratic Central Committee in 1952; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948 and 1952; member of the State house of delegates 1924-1932; served in the State senate 1932-1942; Lieutenant Governor of Virginia 1942-1946; Governor of Virginia 1946-1950; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas B. Stanley; reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from April 14, 1953, until January 3, 1969; was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; was a resident of South Boston, Va., until his death on June 9, 1983; interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Boston, Va.

The College of William and Mary
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: 1918-1968, approximately 200,000 items.
Subjects in the collection include Democratic Party politics, segregation in education, anti-Communism, and labor disputes. Prominent correspondents include Nancy, Lady Astor, S.O. Bland, Harry Flood Byrd (1887-1966), Colgate Whitehead Darden, J. Vaughan Gary, Garland Gray, Carter O. Lowance, A. Willis Robertson, Howard W. Smith, and Thomas B. Stanley. The election correspondence is arranged by city, county and out-of-state. The personal correspondence of the gubernatorial term is arranged chronologically. The political correspondence of the gubernatorial term is in two files. The first file is arranged alphabetically by subject (and chronologically within). The second is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and this files contains well-known individuals. Tuck's law practice files and his correspondence, 1950-1953, are arranged alphabetically. His congressional file is arranged alphabetically and the legislation files are arranged by session and then alphabetically by topic. However, the Fifth District correspondence is arranged by counties and cities. His Congressional speeches are in Group XV.

Papers: In the Ted Dalton Papers, ca. 1933-1978, 14 boxes.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Mills E. Godwin Papers, 1947-1989, approximately 40, 000 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Violet McDougall Pollard Papers, ca. 1907-1976, 46 boxes.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.


The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Wm. M. Tuck and the Third Virginia Infantry Papers, 1896-1983, 66 leaves.
The papers document the military service of William Munford Tuck, as a soldier and officer in the 3rd Virginia Infantry, Company K. An account describes Tuck's and his regiment's performances in Civil War battles from the battle of Williamsburg until the battle of Gettysburg when Tuck was captured and later imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio. Includes negative photostats of muster rolls for Company K; receipts for Tuck's pay; prison records and rosters; and Tuck's signature on the oath of allegiance. Also contains transcript of a letter, 7 February 1900, from Flora E. Tuck (1852-1900) of Halifax County, Virginia, to Robert Tuck of Georgia, sending news of the Tuck family.

Papers: In the Governor's Office, Executive Mansion Director. Records, 1973-1995, 9 cubic feet.
Persons represented include William Munford Tuck.

Microfilm: In the Sterling Hutcheson Papers, ca. 1925-1969, 1 reel.
Correspondents include Governor William Tuck.

Papers: In the Virginia Division of the Budget, State Capitol Portrait Files, 1936-1962, 1.4 cubic feet.
Persons represented include William Munford Tuck.


University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Oral History: In the Bruce J. Dierenfield Oral History Interviews, 1975-1984, 27 sound cassettes.
Interviewees include William Munford Tuck.

Oral History: In the James Latimer Interviews, 1975, 9 items.
Interviewees include William Munford Tuck on July 1, 1975.

Papers: In the Harry Flood Byrd Papers, 1932-1967, 2,000 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Harry Flood Byrd Papers, 1911-1965, 273 feet.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Papers, 1924-2003, approximately 28,500 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Maud Carter Clement Papers, 1756-1968, 2018 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Lewis Preston Collins Papers, ca. 1862-1952, approximately 8,370 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Everett R. Combs Papers, ca. 1932-1957, approximately 8000 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Combs Family Papers, ca. 1933-1957, 3 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the John Warren Cooke Papers, 1941-1973, approximately 8800 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Editorial Correspondence Files, S-V, of the Virginian-Pilot, 1907-1950, approximately 700 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the George Oscar Ferguson Papers, 1928-1955, 72 items.
Other authors include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the William Allen Garrett Papers, ca. 1905-1950, 2 feet.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Gilmer Family Papers, 1918-1960, approximately 125 items.
Persons represented include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the James D. Hagood Papers, 1913-1973, 6300 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Professor James Hart Letters from Eminent Americans in the Fields of Politics and Political Science on Governmental Policy and Problems, 1915-1953, 95 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Joseph Collier Hutcheson Papers, 1930-1972, 3 feet.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Robert W. Lawson, Jr. and the Lawson and Johnston Family Papers, 1898-1945, 150 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the M.J. Menefee Papers, 1914-1982, approximately 6500 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Francis Pickens Miller Papers, 1915-1976, 3000 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Mosby Garland Perrow Papers, ca. 1863-1962, approximately 2600 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the William B. Spong Papers, 1957-1988, approximately 19000 items.
Other authors include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Scrapbook, 1947, 1 volume.
Persons represented include William Munford Tuck.

Papers: In the 1952 Virginia State Democratic Convention and the National Democratic Convention Records, 1952, approximately 10 items.
The papers include the original signed copy of Governor Bill Tuck's radio speech refusing to back the Democratic Party in the 1952 Presidential election.

Papers: In the Landon Russell Wyatt Papers, 1935-1970, 1981 items.
Correspondents include William Munford Tuck.

  • Crawley, William B. Bill Tuck: A Political Life in Harry Byrd's Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978.