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John Marvin JONES

(1886-1976)

JONES, John Marvin, a Representative from Texas; born near Valley View, Cooke County, Tex., February 26, 1886; attended the common schools; John B. Denton College, A.B., 1902; Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex., B.S., 1905; the law department of the University of Texas at Austin, LL.B., 1907; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Amarillo, Tex.; appointed a member of the board of legal examiners for the seventh supreme judicial district of Texas in 1913; members of the Democratic National Congressional Campaign Committee; served during the First World War as a private in Company A, Three Hundred and Eighth Battalion of the Tank Corps, in 1918; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress; reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1917, until his resignation on November 20, 1940, to become a judge of the United States Court of Claims, having been appointed to that office by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses); on leave from the Court of Claims beginning January 15, 1943, served as adviser and assistant to the Director of Economic Stabilization until June 29, 1943, when he was appointed Administrator of the United States War Food Administration and served until July 1, 1945, when he resumed his duties as judge of the United States Court of Claims, serving as chief judge from July 10, 1947, until his retirement July 14, 1964; special master, United States Supreme Court for Mississippi and Louisiana, 1965; accepted appointment as a senior judge after his retirement and remained active until his death in Amarillo, Tex., March 4, 1976; interment in Llano Cemetery.

Bibliography

Jones, Marvin. Marvin Jones Memoirs 1917-1973: Fifty Years of Continuing Service in all Three Branches of the Federal Government. Edited and annotated by Joseph M. Ray. El Paso: Texas Western University Press, 1973; May, Irvin M. Marvin Jones: The Public Life of an Agrarian Advocate. College Station: Texas A.&M. University Press, 1980.

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

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