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Joshua Bryan LEE

(1892-1967)
Senate Years of Service:
1937-1943
Party:
Democrat

LEE, Joshua Bryan, a Representative and a Senator from Oklahoma; born in Childersburg, Talladega County, Ala., January 23, 1892; moved with his parents to Pauls Valley, Okla. (then Indian Territory), and then to Kiowa County, near Hobart in 1901; attended the public schools of Hobart and Rocky, Okla., and the Oklahoma Baptist University at Shawnee; teacher in the public schools of Rocky, Okla., 1911-1913; coach of athletics and teacher of public speaking at the Oklahoma Baptist University 1913-1915; graduated from the University of Oklahoma at Norman 1917; received a graduate degree in political science from Columbia University in 1924, and a law degree from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1925; during the First World War served overseas as a private in the One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Infantry, Thirty-fourth Division 1917-1918; head of the public speaking department of the University of Oklahoma 1919-1934; author and lecturer; owned and operated a ranch in western Oklahoma and a farm near Norman, Okla.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1943; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942; member of the Civil Aeronautics Board 1943-1955; returned to Norman, Okla., and practiced law; died in Norman, Okla., August 10, 1967; interment in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.

Bibliography

Lee, Joshua Bryan. The Battle of Cognac, and Other Soldier Rhymes. Oklahoma City: Harlow Publishing Corp., 1948; Lee, Joshua Bryan. How to Hold an Audience Without a Rope. Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., 1947.

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

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