George K. Denton

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George Kirkpatrick Denton
The Indianapolis Star, January 5, 1926
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919
Preceded byCharles Lieb
Succeeded byOscar R. Luhring
Personal details
Born(1864-11-17)November 17, 1864
near Sebree, Kentucky
DiedJanuary 4, 1926(1926-01-04) (aged 61)
Evansville, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenWinfield K. Denton
Alma materOhio Wesleyan University

George Kirkpatrick Denton (November 17, 1864 – January 4, 1926) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1917 to 1919. He was the father of Winfield K. Denton.


Born near Sebree, Kentucky, Denton attended the public schools and Van Horn Institute. He was graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware in 1891 and from the law department of Boston (Massachusetts) University in 1893. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Evansville, Indiana. He served as counsel for the Intermediate Life Insurance Co..


Denton was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress, losing by four percentage points to Oscar Luhring in the general election.

Later career and death

He resumed the practice of law in Evansville, Indiana. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1924 for judge of the Indiana Supreme Court. Candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1926, but died before the primary election. He died in Evansville, Indiana, January 4, 1926. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Electoral history

General election 1916[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George K. Denton 23,278 48.1
Republican S. Wallace Cook 22,955 47.4
General election 1918[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Oscar R. Luhring 20,440 52.0
Democratic George K. Denton 18,837 48.0


  1. ^ Congressional Quarterly, p. 729
  2. ^ Congressional Quarterly, p. 736
  • United States Congress. "George K. Denton (id: D000258)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by