Joseph ROSIER, Congress, WV

Senate Years of Service:

ROSIER, Joseph, a Senator from West Virginia; born in Wilsonburg, Harrison County, W.Va., January 24, 1870; attended the public schools; graduated from Salem (W.Va.) College in 1895; teacher of the village school at Bristol, W.Va., 1890; principal of the public schools of Salem, W.Va., 1891-1892; superintendent of schools of Harrison County, W.Va., 1893-1894; member of the faculty of Salem (W.Va.) College 1894-1896; teacher in the State normal school at Glenville, W.Va., 1896-1897; member of the faculty of the State Teachers’ College, Fairmont, W.Va., 1897-1900; superintendent of schools of Fairmont, W.Va., 1900-1915; president of Fairmont State College, Fairmont, W.Va., 1915-1945, and then president emeritus; during the First World War served as county food administrator 1917-1918; consultant on education for the Works Progress Administration 1933-1937; appointed on January 13, 1941, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Matthew M. Neely; took the oath of office on May 13, 1941, after the Senate resolved a challenge to the appointment, and served from January 13, 1941, to November 17, 1942, when a duly elected successor qualified; unsuccessful candidate for election to the unexpired term; resumed his former pursuits; elected to the State house of delegates in 1946; died in Fairmont, W.Va., October 7, 1951; interment in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Salem, W.Va.


Maddox, Robert F. ‘The Martin-Rosier Affair,’ Capitol Studies 5 (Spring 1977): 57-69.

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