Edward W. Pou

Edward William Pou ( born September 9, 1863 in Tuskegee, Alabama, † April 1, 1934 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1901 and 1934 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Pou was a cousin of James P. Buchanan (1867-1937), who was sitting 1913-1937 for the State of Texas in Congress. In 1867, Pou came with his parents to Smithfield, North Carolina. In his new home he attended both public and private schools. He then studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree in 1885 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Smithfield to work in this profession. Politically, Pou member of the Democratic Party. In 1886, he led the regional party organization in Johnston County. From 1890 to 1901, he Pou prosecutor in the fourth judicial district of North Carolina. In 1896 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet.

In the congressional elections of 1900, Pou was then in the fourth electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Wilbur Atwater on 4 March 1901. After 16 Re-elections he could remain until his death on April 1, 1934 at the Congress. Between 1911 and 1917 he was chairman of the Committee on Claims. He also led several times to the Rules Committee. In Pous time as congressman fell among other things, the First World War and the Great Depression. Between 1913 and 1933, the 16th, the 17th, the 18th, the 19th, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.