Perl D. Decker

Perl Ditmer Decker ( * September 10 1875 in Coolville, Athens County, Ohio; † August 22, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1919 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1879, Perl Decker came with his parents on a farm in Cloud County, Kansas. He attended the public schools of his new home and then studied until 1897 at Park College in Parkville (Missouri ). After a subsequent law studies at the University of Kansas and his 1899 was admitted to the bar he began in 1900 to work in Joplin in this profession. Between 1900 and 1902 he was the legal representative of the city.

Politically, Decker member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1912 he was in the 15th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Alexander Daugherty on March 4, 1913. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1919 three legislative periods. In this time of the First World War fell. In 1913 were the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified.

1918 defeated Republican Decker Isaac V. McPherson. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In 1932 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, was first nominated to the Franklin D. Roosevelt as a presidential candidate. Perl Decker died on August 22, 1934 in Kansas City and was buried in Joplin.