Richard S. Whaley

Richard Smith Whaley ( born July 15, 1874 in Charleston, South Carolina, † November 8, 1951 ) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1913 and 1921 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Whaley first attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria ( Virginia). After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and its made ​​in 1897 admitted to the bar he began in Charleston to work in this profession.

Politically, Whaley joined the Democratic Party. Between 1901 and 1910, and again in 1913, he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from South Carolina; 1907-1910 he was president of this chamber. In 1913, he was Acting President of the Parliament (Speaker pro Tempore ). In 1910, Whaley led the regional Democratic convention in South Carolina. 1912 and 1920 he was a delegate to the Democratic National respective conventions on which Woodrow Wilson and later James M. Cox was nominated as the presidential candidate.

After the death of Congressman George Swinton Legare Whaley was at the election due in the first electoral district of South Carolina as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. He resigned on April 29, 1913 at its new mandate. After he was confirmed in each case by the three following regular elections, he could remain until March 3, 1921 Congress. In this time of the First World War fell. Moreover, were the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution discussed and adopted during these years. It was about the Prohibition Act and the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage.

1920 Whaley waived on a bid again. In the following years he worked again as a lawyer. In 1925 he was employed by the Court of Claims. 1930 President Herbert Hoover appointed him as a judge in this federal court. Between 1939 and 1947 he led his chair. He then retired to his retirement. Richard Whaley died on November 8, 1951 in his hometown of Charleston.