Politician. Democrat. Born: June 21, 1881, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Died: November 14, 1957, Emporia, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District: March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1919.
Born at Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, on June 21, 1881, Doolittle attended public school and the University of Kansas, and he graduated from the university law department in 1903. He was admitted to the bar that same year and in 1904 commenced practice at Cottonwood Falls. Doolittle served as prosecuting attorney of Chase County (1908-1912), mayor of Strong City (1912), and was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congresses in 1912 (served, March 4, 1913-March 3, 1919). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 but subsequently served the nation as representative of the U.S. Treasury Department to Italy in 1919 and Federal Prohibition Director for Kansas in 1920. Doolittle again took up the practice of law in Strong City, as well as Kansas City, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., from 1921-1934, and was elected a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1925. He served as general agent of the ninth district, Farm Credit Administration, 1934-1938, and as a member of the board of directors of the College of Emporia, an institution he served as president from 1938 to 1940. Doolittle was also president of the Strong City State Bank and a director of the Exchange National Bank of Cottonwood Falls at the time of death in Emporia on November 14, 1957.
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