Patrick H. Drewry
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 4th district
April 27, 1920 – December 21, 1947
At-large: March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
|Preceded by||Walter A. Watson|
|Succeeded by||Watkins M. Abbitt|
|Member of the Virginia Senate|
from the 29th district
January 10, 1912 – April 27, 1920
|Preceded by||Charles T. Lassiter|
|Succeeded by||Morton G. Goode|
Patrick Henry Drewry
May 24, 1875
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||December 21, 1947 (aged 72)|
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary E. Metcalf (m. 1906)|
|Alma mater||Randolph-Macon College|
University of Virginia
Early life and education
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, as one of the three surviving sons of Dr. Emmett Arrington Drewry (1838-1891) and his second wife, the former Altazera Laughton of Petersburg. His maternal grandfather was Patrick Henry Booth Sr. of Surry County, Virginia. His paternal grandfather, James Drewry (1808-1878) was a major landowner in Southampton County, Virginia, and the town of Drewryville, Virginia was named for the family. His father had enlisted in the 9th Virginia Infantry as a surgeon shortly after graduating from medical school, but mostly served at Poplar Lawn hospital in Petersburg, then was assigned to North Carolina late in the war. His cousin, Dr. William Francis Drewry (1860-1934) was active in Petersburg politics and became the city's mayor, and later Superintendent of the nearby Central State Hospital, whose budget the state senator would help supervise. During his son's youth, Dr. Emmett Drewry had helped to found the Medical Society of Virginia in Richmond, but mostly practiced in Southampton County.
Patrick Drewry attended several local public schools, including Petersburg High School, and McCabe's University School. He then pursued studies at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia, and graduated in 1896. He received an honorary LLD degree from his alma mater in 1946. Following college, Drewry decided to study law at the University of Virginia Law School, and received a degree.
After being admitted to the bar in 1901, Drewry began legal practice in Petersburg. He was active in the Washington Street Methodist Church (and wrote a history of it), as well as the Sons of Confederate Veterans (became Commander of the A.P. Hill Camp, i.e. Petersburg chapter). Drewry also was director of the Petersburg Savings and American Trust Co.
A member of the Martin Organization, which evolved into the Byrd Organization, Drewry won his first election in 1911, to the Senate of Virginia, where he replacedg Spanish-American war veteran Charles T. Lassiter (brother of Major General William Lassiter and the recently deceased Congressman Francis Rives Lassiter. Drewry represented the city of Petersburg and neighboring Dinwiddie County, and won re-election, thus serving (part-time) from 1912 until 1920. An advocate for medical and charitable causes, Drewry also sponsored the state's vital statistics bill. Drewry was also a delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924. In 1916, he served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention. A fiscal conservative, Drewry became chairman of the Economy and Efficiency Commission of Virginia in 1916–1918. He also accepted appointments as chairman of the State auditing committee (1916 to 1920), and as chairman of the State advisory board (1919).
Drewry won election as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Walter A. Watson. He won reelection to the Sixty-seventh and thirteen succeeding Congresses. Thus Drewry served from April 27, 1920, until his death. He also served as member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1925 and several additional times, as ranking member of the House Naval Affairs Committee. Drewry was a member of the Democratic National Congressional Committee from 1923 to 1927, and chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1935.
Death and legacy
Drewry died in Petersburg, Virginia on December 21, 1947. Unlike his father, who had been interred in the family graveyard in Drewrysville, but like his brothers who practiced in Norfolk and Martinsville and were interred in those locations, Congressman Drewry was interred in Petersburg's historic Blandford Cemetery.
- 1920; Drewry was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed in a special election, and he won re-election with 92.63% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican F.L. Mason.
- 1922; Drewry was re-elected with 86.19% of the vote, defeating Republican Herbert Rogers and Independent W.H. Gill.
- 1924; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1926; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1928; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1930; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1932; Drewry was re-elected as part of the Democratic ticket for Virginia's at-large congressional district; he won 8.24% in a 24-way race.
- 1934; Drewry was re-elected with 94.4% of the vote, defeating Socialist Dan Killinger and Independent Mary F. Leslie.
- 1936; Drewry was re-elected with 90.35% of the vote, defeating Republican John Martin and Socialist Killinger.
- 1938; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1940; Drewry was re-elected with 96.03% of the vote, defeating Socialist Cyrus Hotchkiss.
- 1942; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1944; Drewry was re-elected unopposed.
- 1946; Drewry was re-elected with 87.14% of the vote, defeating Republican Andrew S. Condrey.
- Swem, Earl G. (1918). Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918. Richmond: Virginia State Library. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- Dodson, E. Griffith (1939). The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1919-1939: Register. Richmond: Virginia State Library. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- James G. Scott and Edward A. Wyatt IV, Petersburg's Story (Petersburg 1960) pp. 303, 336-337
- Cong. bio
- Scott and Wyatt p. 325
- Cynthia Miller Leonard, Virginia General Assembly 1619-1978 (Virginia State Library 1978) pp. 603, 607, 611, 616, 620
- Congressional bio
- "Patrick H. Drewry". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Patrick H. Drewry at The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project, 1776-2007
- Patrick H. Drewry at Find a Grave