Richard P. Ernst (February 28, 1858 to April 13, 1934) was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky who served from 1921 to 1927. He was a Republican. Ernst graduated from Centre College in 1878 and got his law degree from the Cincinnati Law School in 1880. That year, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. He served on the Covington city council from 1888 to 1892 and ran (unsuccessfully) for election to Congress in 1896.
After his election to the Senate in 1920, Ernst served on the Committee on the Revision of the Laws, the Committee on Patents, and the Committee on Privileges and Elections. He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 1926 and returned to practicing law in Cincinnati.
YMCA Camp Ernst, a YMCA summer camp in Burlington, Kentucky, is named after Senator Ernst, who provided the camp with its first 100 acres (0.4 km┬▓) of land.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Preceded by: J. C. W. Beckham United States Senator (Class 3) from Kentucky March 4, 1921-March 3, 1927 Succeeded by: Alben W. Barkley