David Patterson Dyer

David Patterson Dyer ( * February 12, 1838 in Henry County, Virginia; † April 29, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1869 and 1871 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives; later he became a federal judge.


David Dyer was the uncle of Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer ( 1871-1957 ). In 1841 he came with his parents in the Lincoln County, Missouri, where he attended the public schools. After a subsequent study of law in Bowling Green and in 1859 was admitted to his lawyer, he began to work in this profession. In 1860 he was a prosecutor in the third judicial district of Missouri. During the Civil War, Colonel Dyer was in an infantry unit from Missouri.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1862 and 1865 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri. In 1866 he was secretary of the State Senate; In 1868 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated to the General Ulysses S. Grant as a presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1868 Dyer was in the ninth constituency of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George Washington Anderson on March 4, 1869. Since he has not been confirmed in 1870, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1871. At this time the 15th Amendment was ratified.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Dyer practiced law in St. Louis. In 1880 he ran for governor of Missouri, but was defeated by Democrat Thomas Theodore Crittenden significantly with 39:52 percent of the vote. Between 1902 and 1907 he was a federal prosecutor for the eastern part of Missouri; then he served until 1919 in the same district as a judge on the United States District Court, where he became the successor of Gustavus A. Finkelnburg. Then he withdrew into retirement. David Dyer died on 29 April 1924 in St. Louis.