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Lea was an American senator.

Background

Lea, Luke was born on April 12, 1879 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Overton and Ella (Cocke) Lea.

Education

Completing his studies at that prestigious institution in 1903 and being admitted to the bar the same year, beginning practice in Nashville.

Career

Lea actively supported lowering the tariff, the creation of the Federal Reserve, the regulation of major corporations and the breaking up of trusts. He also supported women's suffrage and a national prohibition amendment. He allied with Robert La Follette and supported his seaman's act. He approved of the eight-hour day and opposed child labor.

Lea was the founder of the Nashville Tennessean and its first editor and publisher. He was elected to the Senate by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1911. He was an enthusiastic supporter of most of the progressive policies of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, a fellow native of the South and to that point only the second member of the Democratic Party elected President (in 1912) since the end of the Civil War. During the 63rd Congress, Lea was chairman of the Senate Committee on the Library (of Congress).

Membership

Member Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Phi.

  • Democratic United States party , United States

    1911 - 1916

Interests

  • Politicians

    President Woodrow Wilson

Connections

Married Mary Louise Warner, November 1, 1906 (now deceased).; married second, Percie Warner, May 1, 1920. Children: Luke, Percy W.

father:
Overton

mother:
Ella (Cocke)

child:
Overton

wife:
Mary Louise Warner Lea

son:
Luke

son:
Percy

daughter:
Laura

Brother:
Pryor Lea