Samuel C. Major

Samuel Collier Major ( born July 2, 1869 in Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, † July 28, 1931 ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1931 he represented several times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Major Samuel attended the common schools and the Central College in Fayetteville. Then he studied until 1888 at the St. James Military Academy in Macon. After a subsequent law degree in 1890 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began in Fayette to work in this profession. Since 1892 he has been a prosecutor in Howard County for two terms.

Politically, Major member of the Democratic Party. Between 1907 and 1911 he was a member of the Senate from Missouri. In 1916, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the 1918 elections, he was but then in the seventh election district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Courtney W. Hamlin on March 4, 1919. Since he Republican Roscoe C. Patterson defeated in 1920, he was initially able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1921. During this time, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in force, by the women's suffrage was introduced nationwide entered.

After his temporary retirement from Congress Collier again practiced as a lawyer. In the elections of 1922 he was again elected in the seventh district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he Patterson replaced again on March 4, 1923. After two re- elections, he could spend up to 3 March 1929 three further terms in Congress. In 1928 he was defeated by Republican John William Palmer, whose term of office he took over again on March 4, 1931 after a recent election victory in 1930. But this he could no longer work until the end of the regular legislative session on 3 March 1933 as he already died on 28 July 1931. His unexpired term was terminated after a special election of Robert Davis Johnson.