Key Pittman Edit Profile
Educated private tutors and Southwestern Presbyterian U., Clarksville, Tennessee, to 1890. Doctor of Laws, Southwestern Presbyterian U., 1919, George Washington University, 1921, University of Nevada, 1937.
Began practice of law in Seattle, Washington, 1892. Joined movement to the Klondyke, 1897. Worked as a common miner 2 years.
Served as counsel for Australians who attacked corruption of government officials at Dawson. Went to Nome, 1899, and participated in organization of a “consent” form of government, 1st district attorney same. One of leading counsel for miners in their fight against a conspiracy to rob them of their mines, 1901.
Removed to Tonopah, Nevada, 1901. Democratic candidate for United States senator, 1910. Elected United States senator by popular vote, November 1912, and unanimously confirmed by legislature, January 1913, to fill unexpired term (ending March 4, 1917) of George S. Nixon, deceased.
Reëlected for 4 terms, to 1941. President pro tempore, United States Senate, 73d to 76th Congresses. Appointed chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, March 5, 1933.
Secretary Senate Democratic caucus, 1913-1917. Democratic caucus candidate for president pro tem. of Senate for 4 Congresses. Secretary commission on platform and resolutions of Democratic National Convention, 1924.
Chairman of Commission on platform and resolutions of Democratic National Convention, 1928. Selected by convention to notify Governor Alfred E. Smith of his nomination as candidate of the Democratic Party for President of the United States Delaware to World Economic Conference, London, June-July, 1933.
Married Mimosa June Gates, July 7, 1900.