Robert S. Kerr

American politician (1896-1963)

Robert Samuel Kerr (September 11, 1896 – January 1, 1963) was an American politician and businessman. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Robert Kerr
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United States Senator
from Oklahoma
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 1, 1963
Preceded byEdward H. Moore
Succeeded byJ. Howard Edmondson
12th Governor of Oklahoma
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 13, 1947
LieutenantJames E. Berry
Preceded byLeon C. Phillips
Succeeded byRoy J. Turner
Personal details
Robert Samuel Kerr

(1896-09-11)September 11, 1896
Ada, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 1963(1963-01-01) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Reba Shelton (1919–1924)
Grayce Breene (1925–1963)
RelationsTravis M. Kerr (Brother)
EducationOklahoma Baptist University
East Central University (BA)
University of Oklahoma
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
UnitOklahoma National Guard
Battles/warsWorld War I

Kerr was born in Ada, Oklahoma. He studied at Oklahoma Baptist University and for a short while at Oklahoma State University.

Kerr served as Governor of Oklahoma. He served as governor from 1943 to 1947. Then, Kerr was the United States senator of Oklahoma. He served as senator from 1949 to 1963.

Kerr ran for President of the United States in 1952. He lost the primary to Adlai Stevenson II.

Kerr died from a fatal heart attack in Washington, D.C., aged 66.[1]


Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Robert S. Kerr at Wikimedia Commons

  • United States Congress. "Robert S. Kerr (id: K000144)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  • "Robert S. Kerr". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  • Robert S. Kerr Collection and Photograph Collection at the Carl Albert Center