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John Parks NEWSOME

(1893-1961)

NEWSOME, John Parks, a Representative from Alabama; born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., February 13, 1893; attended the public schools of Thompsons Station, Tenn., and Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tenn.; stock clerk for wholesale hardware company in 1912; engaged as salesman 1913-1920; in 1920 became president and treasurer of an electrical company; during the First World War was commissioned a first lieutenant on November 27, 1917; later promoted to captain of Infantry, Fifth Division, and served until April 29, 1919, with overseas service; chairman of Appeals Board No. 2, State of Alabama, Selective Service System in 1942 and 1943; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; president of Associated Industries of Alabama 1953-1955; was a director of the Exchange Security Bank and the Alabama Gas Corp.; died in Birmingham, Ala., November 10, 1961; interment in Elwood Cemetery.

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

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