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Biography

KEY PITTMAN was born in Vicksburg, Warren County, Miss., September 19, 1872; educated by private tutors and at the Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tenn.; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1892, and commenced practice in Seattle, Wash.; joined in the gold rush to Klondike, Alaska, in 1897, and worked as a miner until 1901; practiced law in Alaska and assisted in forming the "consent” government for Nome; first prosecuting attorney of Nome in 1899; moved to Tonopah, Nev., in 1902, and continued the practice of law; appointed to represent the State of Nevada at the St. Louis Exposition, the Lewis and Clark Exposition, and the irrigation congress; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1910; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1913, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George S. Nixon; reelected in 1916, 1922, 1928, and 1934, and served from January 29, 1913, until his death; had been reelected in 1940 for the term beginning January 3, 1941; elected president pro tempore of the United States Senate on March 9, 1933, reelected January 3, 1935, and served until his death in Reno, Nev., November 10, 1940; interment in a crypt in Mountain View Cemetery.

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