Kentucky Historical Society
WITHERS, Garrett Lee (1884-1953)
Senate Years of Service: 1949-1950

WITHERS, GARRETT LEE, a Senator and a Representative from Kentucky; born on a farm in Webster County, near Clay, Ky., June 21, 1884; student of Providence M. and F. Academy and Southern Normal School, Bowling Green, Ky.; admitted to the bar in 1908; practicing attorney in Webster County, Ky., 1911-1953; clerk of Webster County Circuit Court 1910-1912, and master commissioner 1913-1917; member, Kentucky Highway Commission 1932-1936; referee in bankruptcy 1941-1945; appointed commissioner, Kentucky Department of Highways 1947-1949; appointed on January 20, 1949, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alben W. Barkley, and served from January 20, 1949, to November 26, 1950; was not a candidate for election to the vacancy; member, Kentucky house of representatives 1951; elected on August 2, 1952, as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John A. Whitaker; reelected to the Eighty-third Congress and served from August 2, 1952, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., April 30, 1953; interment in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Clay, Ky.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1933-1953. Ca. 2,000 items. Correspondence, clippings, 5 scrapbooks, and photographs chiefly relating to House and Senate career. Finding aid.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1950. 3 items. 2 letters and 1 photograph.

  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Garrett Lee Withers, Late a Representative and a Former Senator from Kentucky. 83d Cong., 1st sess., 1953. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1953.