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COOPER, Jere, a Representative from Tennessee; born on a farm near Dyersburg, Dyer County, Tenn., July 20, 1893; attended the public schools; was graduated from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1914; was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Dyersburg, Tenn.; in 1917 enlisted in the Second Tennessee Infantry, National Guard and was commissioned a first lieutenant; transferred with his company to Company K, One Hundred and Nineteenth Infantry, Thirtieth Division, and served in France and Belgium; on July 9, 1918, promoted to captain and served as regimental adjutant until discharged from the U.S. Army on April 2, 1919; after the war resumed the practice of law in Dyersburg, Tenn.; member of city council and city attorney 1920-1928; elected State commander of the American Legion of Tennessee in 1921; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1929, until his death in Bethesda, Md., December 18, 1957; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses), Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses); interment in Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg, Tenn.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Tennessee
Modern Political Archives, The Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1955, 1 box. This collection contains correspondence from Jere Cooper to Paul Mullholland Butler. In the correspondence of The Paul Mullholland Papers, Tennessee Representative Jere Cooper thanks Democratic National Commitee Chairman Paul Mullholland Butler for speaking at the National Democratic Fundraising dinner. The letter is dated December 1, 1955.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. Congress (85th, 2nd session : 1958). Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Jere Cooper, late a Representative from Tennessee. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1958.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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