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John William Wright PATMAN

(1893-1976)

PATMAN, John William Wright, (father of William Neff Patman), a Representative from Texas; born at Patman’s Switch near Hughes Springs, Cass County, Tex., August 6, 1893; attended the public schools; was graduated from Hughes Springs (Tex.) High School in 1912 and from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1916; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Texas in 1913 and 1914; was admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Hughes Springs, Tex.; assistant county attorney of Cass County, Tex., in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War served as a private and later as a machinegun officer in the United States Army 1917-1919; member of the State house of representatives 1921-1924; district attorney of the fifth judicial district of Texas 1924-1929; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first Congress; reelected to the twenty-three succeeding Congresses, and served from March 4, 1929, until his death March 7, 1976, in Bethesda, Md.; chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses), Joint Economic Committee (Eighty-fifth, Eighty-seventh, Eighty-ninth, Ninety-first and Ninety-third Congresses), Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-eighth, Ninetieth, Ninety-second, and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-third Congresses); interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Texarkana, Tex.

Bibliography

Young, Nancy Beck. Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, & The American Dream. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 2000.

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

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