Democrat Clarence C. Dill wins election to the U.S. Senate from Washington on November 4, 1922.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 10/06/2003
  • Essay 5563
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On November 4, 1922, Spokane lawyer and former Congressman Clarence C. Dill (b. 1884) wins election to the U.S. Senate. All five Washington seats in the House of Representatives go to Republicans: John Franklin Miller (1862-1936) from Seattle, Lindley Hoag Hadley (1861-1948) from Bellingham, Albert Johnson (1869-1957) from Grays Harbor, John William Summers (1870-1937) from Walla Walla, and John Stanley Webster (1877-1962) from Spokane.

Dill's victory came as a surprise since he had lost his seat in the House of Representatives in 1918 because of his opposition to U.S. entry into World War I. Votes for him and for other liberal candidates reflected dissatisfaction with the incumbent, Miles Poindexter (1868-1946), and a certain regret for the declaration of war.

Election Results

The totals for the Senate race were as follows:

  • Clarence C. Dill (D) - 130,375
  • Miles Poindexter (R) - 126,556
  • James A. Duncan (Farm-Labor) - 35,352
  • David Burgess (Socialist-Labor) - 1,905


Edgar I. Stewart, Washington: Northwest Frontier (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1957), 266-267; Biographical Directory of the United States Congress ( biosearch/biosearch.asp).

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