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John JENNINGS, Jr.

(1880-1956)

JENNINGS, John, Jr., a Representative from Tennessee; born in Jacksboro, Campbell County, Tenn., June 6, 1880; attended the public schools and American Temperance University, Harriman, Tenn.; was graduated from U.S. Grant University, Athens, Tenn., in 1906; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Jellico, Campbell County, Tenn.; served as county superintendent of public instruction, Campbell County, Tenn., in 1903 and 1904; county attorney of Campbell County 1911-1918; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912, 1936, and 1944; special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States in 1918 and 1919; served as judge of the second chancery division of Tennessee from September 1, 1918, until his resignation July 1, 1923; moved to Knoxville, Tenn., in 1923 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J. Will Taylor; reelected to the Seventy-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from December 30, 1939, to January 3, 1951; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Knoxville, Tenn., February 27, 1956; interment in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

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

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