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John Joseph ALLEN, Jr.

(1899-1995)

ALLEN, John Joseph, Jr., a Representative from California; born in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., November 27, 1899; attended the public schools; while a student in college enlisted during the First World War in the United States Navy and served as an apprentice seaman; was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1920 and from its law department in 1922; was admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Oakland, Calif.; member of the Oakland Board of Education 1923-1943, serving several terms as president; president of the California State School Trustees Association 1936-1938; member of the County Republican Central Committee 1936-1944; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy 1942-1945, with twenty months in the South Pacific area; vice chairman of the State commission on school districts in 1946 and 1947; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; appointed Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation January 5, 1959, serving until January 20, 1961; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1969; resided in McCall, Idaho, until his death on March 7, 1995.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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