Colgate Whitehead DARDEN, Jr., Congress, VA (1897-1981)


DARDEN, Colgate Whitehead, Jr., a Representative from Virginia; born on a farm near Franklin, Southampton County, Va., February 11, 1897; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1922 and from Columbia University, New York City, in 1923; awarded a Carnegie Fellowship to Oxford University, England, in 1924; during the First World War served with the French Army in 1916 and 1917 and later as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Air Service; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Norfolk, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1930-1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936; again elected to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation in March 1, 1941, to become a candidate for Governor; Governor of Virginia from January 21, 1942, to January 16, 1946; president of the University of Virginia at Charlottsville from June 23, 1947, to September 1, 1959; United States delegate to the Tenth General Assembly of the United Nations, 1955; presidential appointment to Commission on National Goals, 1960; chairman, Commission on Goals for Higher Education in the South, 1961; resided in Norfolk, Va., where he died June 9, 1981; interment on family estate, Southampton, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present