BLATNIK, John Anton

BLATNIK, John Anton
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1911–1991

Biography

BLATNIK, John Anton, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Chisholm, St. Louis County, Minn., August 17, 1911; attended the public schools and was graduated from Chisholm High School in June 1929; taught a one-room rural school in St. Louis County in 1930 and 1931; State Teachers College, Winona, Minn., B.E., June 1935; also attended the University of Chicago during summer of 1938 and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1941 and 1942; engaged in CCC work in Superior National Forest in Minnesota 1935-1937; taught chemistry in high school at Chisholm, Minn., 1937-1939; assistant county superintendent of schools of St. Louis County, Minn., 1939-1941; member of the State senate 1941-1946; served with the United States Army Air Corps and the Office of Strategic Services from August 1942 until his discharge as a captain on January 1946 with eighteen months' service overseas; awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress; reelected to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation December 31, 1974; chairman, Committee on Public Works (Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; became a part-time consultant for shippers; environmental and economic development consultant; was a resident of Forest Heights, Md., until his death there on December 17, 1991.

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

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1889-1991, 133.3 cubic feet. The papers of John A. Blatnik contain congressional office and subject files, 1963-1974, supplemented by speeches, statements, legislation, voting records, and miscellany. They focus particularly on economic and political issues affecting northeast and north central Minnesota. A small portion of the collection documents his earlier Congressional career (1946-1962), military service, and personal activities. An inventory is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Earl T. Bester Papers, 1937-1967, 2.75 cubic feet. The correspondence files (1938-1965) contain information on Minnesota Congressman (8th District) John A. Blatnik's 1946 election campaign. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Edward W. Davis Papers, 1883-1973, 8.75 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Friends of the Wilderness Records, 1917-1981, 9.75 cubic feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Oscar F. Hawkins and Family Papers, 1888-1963, 7 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Gerald W. Heaney Papers, ca. 1910-1996, 198 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Louis E. Lerman Papers, ca. 1917-1978, 11 cubic feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Minnesota Emergency Conservation Committee (MECC) Records, 1927-1974, 14 cubic feet. Persons represented include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Microfilm: In the Ernest Carl Oberholtzer Papers, ca. 1856-1980, 52 microfilm reels. Other authors include John A. Blatnik.
Microfilm: In the Jeno F. Paulucci Scrapbooks, 1939-1986, 126 volumes on 34 microfilm reels. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Arthur O. Reierson Papers, ca. 1917-1965, 2.5 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Saint Louis County Club and Farm Bureau Association (Duluth, Minn.) Records, 1915-1962, 3.5 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Francis Monroe Smith Papers, 1936-1951, 1 cubic foot. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the James P. Vaughan Papers, 1904-1963, 0.75 cubic foot. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Voyageurs Region National Park Association Records, 1964-1980, 8 cubic feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Lawrence Yetka Papers, ca. 1921-1993, 2.5 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.

East Carolina University
Joyner Library

Greenville, NC
Papers: In the James Vivian Whitfield Papers, 1945-1968, 1.52 cubic feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1966, 34 pages.

Providence College
Special and Archival Collections, Phillips Memorial Library

Providence, RI
Papers: In the J. Lyons Moore papers, 1904-1974, 13 boxes. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Library and Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Alex N. Dragnich Papers, 1859-2008, 33.4 linear feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.
Papers: In the Alfred Kohlberg Papers, 1927-1967, 100.2 linear feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sheridan Downey Papers, 1929-1961; 5 boxes, 6 cartons, and 9 volumes. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.
Papers: In the Wendell M. Stanley papers, 1926-1972, 27.5 linear feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Congressional Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet. Other authors include John A. Blatnik. An inventory is available in the repository.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 118 feet. Persons represented include John A. Blatnik.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Norman M. Cole Papers, 1970-1974, 22 volumes. Correspondents include John Anton Blatnik.

University of Washington Libraries
Special Collections

Seattle, WA
Papers: In the Dillis Charles Knapp Papers, 1920-1981, 2.7 cubic feet. Persons represented include John A. Blatnik.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Library-Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Progressive, Inc. Records, 1940-2001; 96 reels of microfilm (35mm), plus additions of 18.7 cubic feet. Correspondents include John A. Blatnik.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: John A. Blatnik, Democratic Representative from Minnesota. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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