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Miles Poindexter

Miles Poindexter
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1923
Preceded by Samuel H. Piles
Succeeded by Clarence Dill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1911
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by William Leroy La Follette
Personal details
Born (1868-04-22)April 22, 1868
Memphis, Tennessee
Died September 21, 1946(1946-09-21) (aged 78)
Rockbridge County, Virginia
Political party Republican

Miles Poindexter (April 22, 1868 – September 21, 1946) was an American politician. As a Republican and later a Progressive, he served as a United States Representative and United States Senator.

Early life

Poindexter was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the Fancy Hill Academy in Virginia, and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he graduated with a law degree in 1891.

Legal career

After he graduated, he settled in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law. In 1892 he became the prosecuting attorney of Walla Walla County. He moved to Spokane, Washington in 1897 where he continued the practice of law. He served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Spokane County from 1898 to 1904, and as a judge of the superior court from 1904 to 1908.

Political life

He was elected as a Republican to the George W. Norris.

To date, Poindexter is the last Senator from Washington who lived east of the Cascades at the time of his election.

Positions on Committees

Later life

Poindexter was appointed by President Warren Harding as Ambassador to Peru from 1923 to 1928. In 1928 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate. He returned to his home, ‘Elk Cliff,’ in Greenlee, Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he died. He was interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.


  1. ^ U.S. Senate: Art & History Home > People > Senators > Senators Who Changed Parties During Senate Service (Since 1890)]



  • Miles Poindexter Papers. 1897-1940. 189.79 cubic feet (442 boxes).
  • Miles Poindexter photograph collection. circa 1910-1920. .12 cubic feet (4 folders). 162 photographic prints.
  • Thomas Burke papers. 1875-1925. 24.78 cubic feet (58 boxes).
  • Austin E. Griffiths papers. 1891-1952. 11.73 cubic feet (25 boxes). 1 microfilm reel.
United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Leroy La Follette
United States Senate
Preceded by
Samuel H. Piles
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Washington
Served alongside: Wesley L. Jones
Succeeded by
Clarence C. Dill
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William E. Gonzales
United States Ambassador to Peru
20 April 1923 – 21 March 1928
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Moore
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