Miles Poindexter ( born April 22, 1868 in Memphis, Tennessee; † September 21, 1946 in Greenlee, Virginia) was an American diplomat and politician, who represented the State of Washington in both chambers of Congress.
Miles Poindexter, born in Tennessee, grew up in the state of Virginia. Here he graduated from the Fancy Hill Academy in Rockbridge County and the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, where he in 1891 obtained his law degree.
In the same year Poindexter moved to Washington State and settled in Walla Walla. After he had practiced a few months as a lawyer, he was appointed in 1892 to the Prosecutor of Walla Walla County, a post which Poindexter held until 1897. In that year he moved to Spokane, where he served as deputy district attorney of Spokane County 1898-1904. Another step on Poindexters career ladder meant his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Washington, he was from 1904 to 1908.
In 1908, Poindexter successfully ran as a Republican Party member of the third congressional district of Washington for a seat in the House of Representatives of the United States, where he served from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1911. In 1910 he was elected U.S. Senator, his office he stepped on 4 March 1911. During his tenure as Senator, he moved three times the party. Was he from 1911 to 1913 a member of the Republican, he switched from 1913 to 1915 in the camp of the Progressive Party. However, he returned in 1915 to the Republicans and remained there until his deselection in 1922. Poindexters term ended on March 3, 1923.
That same year, President Warren G. Harding appointed him U.S. ambassador to Peru, a diplomatic office, which Poindexter held until 1928. In that year, he ran again for the office of Senator of the United States, but without success.
He settled in the early 1930s in Virginia. Poindexter, who was interested in history, wrote three books on the civilization of the Incas, were only two of which, The Ayar Inca and Peruvian Pharaohs published.
Miles Poindexter died in 1946 at the age of 77 years.