BYRNS, Joseph Wellington

BYRNS, Joseph Wellington
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BYRNS, Joseph Wellington, (father of Joseph Wellington Byrns, Jr.), a Representative from Tennessee; born near Cedar Hill, Robertson County, Tenn., July 20, 1869; attended the common schools; was graduated from Nashville High School in 1887 and from the law department of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1890; was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced the practice of law in Nashville; member of the State house of representatives, 1895-1901; member of the State senate in 1901-1903; unsuccessful candidate for district attorney general of Davidson County in 1902; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death; chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Seventy-second Congress); majority leader (Seventy-third Congress), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Seventy-fourth Congress); chairman of the Democratic National Congressional Campaign Committee 1928-1930; was a nominee for reelection to the Seventy-fifth Congress at the time of his death; died in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 1936; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Papers: In the Herbert Hoover Papers, 1922-1933, 45 pages.. Much of the material concerns endorsements for public appointments. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Springfield Public Library

Springfield, TN
Papers: Includes scrapbooks and portions of his library. Most of his papers were destroyed by fire.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Galloway, Jewell M. "The Public Life of Joseph W. Byrns." Master's thesis, University of Tennessee, 1962.

------. "Speaker Joseph W. Byrns: Party Leader in the New Deal." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 25 (Spring 1966): 63-76.

Irish, Ann B. Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee: A Political Biography. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2001.

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