Percy Lee Gassaway Edit Profile
He attended the public schools in Fort Sill and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A few years later the Gassaway family returned to Texas and purchased the Sinclair Ranch in Lipscomb County. Following a divorce, Gassaway traveled in the West and lived for a time in Mexico. The marriage ended in divorce.
In approximately 1915 Gassaway moved to Coalgate, Oklahoma, where he worked in a pool hall. George Trice, an eminent Oklahoma lawyer, took an interest in the young man and encouraged him to study law. Gassaway was employed as a clerk in a law office while he completed a law course and was admitted to the bar in 1918.
In 1920 Gassaway married Lillian Fooshee. He commenced practice in Coalgate, Oklahoma as well as farming and ranching. Gassaway was appointed county judge of Coal County, Oklahoma, in 1923, elected in 1924, and served until 1926.
He served as district judge of the twenty-sixth judicial district from 1926 to 1934. Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress, Gassaway served from January 3, 1935 to January 3, 1937. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936, and resumed the practice of law and also engaged as a rancher near Coalgate, Oklahoma.
Gassaway died in Coalgate, Coal County, Oklahoma, on May 15, 1937 (age 51 years, 258 days). He is interred at Coalgate Cemetery in Coalgate. He was a distant cousin of 1904 United States Vice-Presidential candidate and Senator from West Virginia Henry Gassaway Davis, being the grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grandson and grt-grt-grt-grt-grandson respectively of early Maryland planter and politician Colonel Nicholas Gassaway.
Member 74th Congress (1935-1936), 4th Oklahoma District. Member Methodist Episcopal Church S.
Married Lillian Fooshee, October 30, 1920. Children: Betty Jo, Peggy Jane, Jim.