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John Jacob RHODES

(1916-2003)

RHODES, John Jacob, (father of John Jacob Rhodes III), a Representative from Arizona; born in Council Grove, Morris County, Kans., September 18, 1916; attended the public schools; graduated from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans., 1938; graduated from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1941; lawyer, private practice; United States Army Air Corps, 1941-1946; staff judge advocate of Arizona National Guard, 1947-1952; vice chairman, Arizona Board of Public Welfare, 1951-1952; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1952, 1964, and 1968; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1983); minority leader (Ninety-third through Ninety-sixth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1982; died on August 24, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz.

Bibliography

Smith, J. Brian. John J. Rhodes: Man of the House. Phoenix, Ariz.: Primer Publishers, 2005; Rhodes, John, with Dean Smith. I Was There. Salt Lake City, UT: Northwest Publishing, 1995.

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

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