JONES, John Marvin

JONES, John Marvin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1882–1976

Biography

JONES, John Marvin, a Representative from Texas; born near Valley View, Cooke County, Tex., February 26, 1882; attended the common schools; John B. Denton College, A.B., 1902; Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex., B.S., 1905; the law department of the University of Texas at Austin, LL.B., 1907; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Amarillo, Tex.; appointed a member of the board of legal examiners for the seventh supreme judicial district of Texas in 1913; members of the Democratic National Congressional Campaign Committee; served during the First World War as a private in Company A, Three Hundred and Eighth Battalion of the Tank Corps, in 1918; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress; reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1917, until his resignation on November 20, 1940, to become a judge of the United States Court of Claims, having been appointed to that office by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses); on leave from the Court of Claims beginning January 15, 1943, served as adviser and assistant to the Director of Economic Stabilization until June 29, 1943, when he was appointed Administrator of the United States War Food Administration and served until July 1, 1945, when he resumed his duties as judge of the United States Court of Claims, serving as chief judge from July 10, 1947, until his retirement July 14, 1964; special master, United States Supreme Court for Mississippi and Louisiana, 1965; accepted appointment as a senior judge after his retirement and remained active until his death in Amarillo, Tex., March 4, 1976; interment in Llano Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Oral History Project

New York, NY
Oral History: 1953. 1,453 pages. Index.

Harry S. Truman Library

Independence, MO
Oral History: 1970. 397 pages.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Oral History: 1900-1953. 16 microfiche. Originals at Columbia University.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 1969. 40 pages. Index.

Texas A & M University Archives

College Station, TX
Papers: 1913-1975. 7 1/2 feet. Papers relating to his service in the House of Representatives, as War Food Administrator, and as a judge of the U.S. Court of Claims and chiefly concerning agriculture. In part copies of material at Texas Tech University. Finding aid in repository.
Oral History: Copy of interview done by Columbia University.

Texas Tech University
Southwest Collection

Lubbock, TX
Papers: 1902-1976. 41 feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, including photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Also includes material concerning his activities as Chief Judge of the Court of Claims and War Food Administrator during World War II. Published memoir (1917-1973, 183 pages). Finding aid in repository.
Oral History: April-May 1970 (143 pages). August 1, 1972 (1 hour). December 19, 1972 (30 minutes). March 28, 1973 (1 hour). Collection also contains oral history transcripts conducted by Columbia University.
Oral History: Hub Jones, brother. January 9, 1974. 1 hour.
Oral History: Mrs. Jeff M. Neely, sister. May 25, 1978. 1 hour.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Jones, Marvin. Marvin Jones Memoirs 1917-1973: Fifty Years of Continuing Service in all Three Branches of the Federal Government. Edited and annotated by Joseph M. Ray. El Paso: Texas Western University Press, 1973.

May, Irvin M. "Marvin Jones: Agrarian and Politician." Agricultural History 51 (April 1977): 421-40.

---. Marvin Jones: The Public Life of an Agrarian Advocate. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1980.

---. "Marvin Jones: Representative Of and For the Panhandle." West Texas Historical Association Year Book 52 (1976): 91-104.

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