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Colgate Darden
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3rd "President of the University of Virginia
In office
June 23, 1947 – September 1, 1959
Preceded by "John Lloyd Newcomb
Succeeded by "Edgar F. Shannon Jr.
54th "Governor of Virginia
In office
January 21, 1942 – January 16, 1946
"Lieutenant "William M. Tuck
Preceded by "James H. Price
Succeeded by William M. Tuck
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's "2nd district
In office
January 3, 1939 – March 1, 1941
Preceded by "Norman R. Hamilton
Succeeded by "Winder R. Harris
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1937
Preceded by District re-established
"Menalcus Lankford before district abolished in 1933
Succeeded by Norman R. Hamilton
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's "At-large district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by District re-established
"John S. Wise before district abolished in 1885
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the "Virginia House of Delegates for "Norfolk City
In office
January 8, 1930 – January 11, 1933
Preceded by "Sarah Lee Fain
Succeeded by Richard W. Ruffin
Personal details
Born Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr.
(1897-02-11)February 11, 1897
"Southampton County, near "Franklin, Virginia
Died June 9, 1981(1981-06-09) (aged 84)
"Norfolk, Virginia
Resting place Beechwood Plantation, now Jericho, Southampton County, VA
Nationality American
Political party "Democratic
Spouse(s) Constance Simons Du Pont
"Alma mater "University of Virginia
"Columbia Law School
"Oxford University
Profession "Educator
Awards "French Croix de guerre
Military service
Allegiance  "United States
Service/branch "French Army
 "United States Marine Corps
Rank "Lieutenant
Battles/wars "World War I

Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr. (February 11, 1897 – June 9, 1981) was a "Democratic "U.S. Representative from "Virginia (1933–37, 1939–41), the "54th Governor of Virginia (1942–46), "Chancellor of the "College of William and Mary (1946–47) and the third President of the "University of Virginia (1947–59). The "Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia was named for him.


Early life[edit]

Darden was born on Marle Hill,[1] a farm in "Southampton County, "Virginia,[2] near "Franklin, to Katherine Lawrence (Pretlow) Darden (1870–1936) and Colgate Whitehead Darden Sr. (1867–1945). Darden served in the French Army and as a lieutenant in the "United States Marine Corps Air Service during "World War I.[3] He later attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of "Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and graduated in 1922 before going on to "Columbia Law School (graduated 1923) and then "Oxford University. He was "admitted to the "bar and opened practice in "Norfolk, Virginia. He was a member of the "Virginia House of Delegates from 1930 to 1933.

Congressional service[edit]

Darden was elected as a Democratic "U.S. Representative in an "At-large election to the "73rd Congress, and re-elected in the "2nd district to the "74th Congress, and served from March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937. He was not re-elected to the "75th Congress in 1936, but was re-elected in 1938 and 1940 to the "76th and "77th Congresses and served from January 3, 1939 – March 1, 1941, when he resigned to run for Governor of Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

Governor of Virginia[edit]

Darden was elected Governor of Virginia with 80.72% of the vote, defeating Republican "Benjamin Muse, Communist Alice Burke, and Socialist M. Hilliard Bernstein. Darden was inaugurated January 21, 1942, serving until January 16, 1946. As governor, he reorganized Virginia's civil defense, reformed the penal system, and created a pension plan for state employees and teachers.

President of the University of Virginia[edit]

Darden was elected president of the University of Virginia in 1947, despite public misgivings from some among the university faculty, who resented his lack of faculty experience, and a portion of the student body, who feared that he planned to abolish the fraternity system at the university. The latter concern had its origin in Darden's actions as Governor of Virginia, where he recommended barring students at the College of William and Mary from living in fraternity or sorority houses on the grounds that it was "undemocratic" and placed undue financial burden on parents. While Darden did not impose similar restrictions at Virginia, he did attempt to implement other measures, such as a ban on first year rushing.[4]

At Virginia, Darden was responsible for the building of the student union building, named Newcomb Hall for his predecessor "John Lloyd Newcomb; the establishment of the Judiciary Committee, which handled student misconduct that did not rise to the level of an "honor offense; the creation of the graduate school of business administration, named in his memory; and significant improvements to faculty salaries. Upon his retirement, he was presented with the Thomas Jefferson Award and the "Raven Award.[5]

Other service and death[edit]

Darden was appointed by President "Dwight D. Eisenhower as a U.S. delegate to the "United Nations General Assembly in 1955. He died in 1981 at his home in "Norfolk, Virginia.[6] He was buried in the family plot with his parents. In addition to his wife, he was survived by his younger brother Joshua Pretlow Darden, who was a mayor of Norfolk, Virginia (1949–50). Darden is memorialized with a historic marker at the site of his birth.[1]


 This article incorporates "public domain material from the "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. ^ a b "Marle Hill U-119". Marker History. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Gov. Colgate W. Darden subject of historical society meeting - The Tidewater News". 
  3. ^ Heinemann, Ronald L. "Darden, Colgate W. (1897–1981)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: "University of Virginia Press. pp. 271–274. "ISBN "0-8139-0904-X. ["permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Dabney, 417-418.
  6. ^ Barbanel, Josh (June 10, 1981). "Colgate W. Darden Jr. Dies". "The New York Times. pp. B6. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 

External links[edit]

"U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District re-established
"John S. Wise before district abolished in 1885
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "Virginia's at-large congressional seat

Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
District re-established
"Menalcus Lankford before district abolished in 1933
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
"Norman R. Hamilton
Preceded by
Norman R. Hamilton
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
"Winder R. Harris
Political offices
Preceded by
"James H. Price
"Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
"William M. Tuck
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