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James Percy PRIEST

(1900-1956)

PRIEST, James Percy, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Carters Creek, Maury County, Tenn., April 1, 1900; attended the public schools of Maury County, Tenn., Central High School, Columbia, Tenn., State Teachers’ College, Murfreesboro, Tenn., George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn., and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; taught school in Culleoka, Tenn., 1920-1926; member of the editorial staff of the Nashville Tennessean 1926-1940; elected as an Independent Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the seven succeeding Congresses and had been renominated in the 1956 primary election; served from January 3, 1941, until his death in Nashville, Tenn., October 12, 1956; majority whip (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-fourth Congress); interment in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

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

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