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EVINS, Joseph Landon

EVINS, Joseph Landon
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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EVINS, Joseph Landon, a Representative from Tennessee; born on a farm near Blend, DeKalb County, Tenn., October 24, 1910; attended the public schools; was graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1933 and from Cumberland University School of Law, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1934; postgraduate student of law at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1938-1940; was admitted to the bar in 1934 and commenced practice in Smithville, Tenn.; attorney for Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., 1935-1938; assistant secretary of the Federal Trade Commission 1938-1940; served in the United States Army on the staff of the Judge Advocate General, War Department, from March 1942 until discharged as a major in March 1946; resumed the practice of law in Smithville, Tenn.; chairman of the DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee in 1946; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1977); chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-third Congresses), Committee on Small Business (Ninety-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; was a resident of Smithville, Tenn., until his death March 31, 1984, in Nashville, Tenn.; interment in Smithville Town Cemetery, Smithville, Tenn.

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

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External Research Collections

Tennessee Tech University

Cookeville, TN
Papers: 1875-1984, 600 cubic feet. The collection of Joe L. Evins includes a replica of his congressional office, 3,700 photographs, over 1,000 pieces of memorabilia, family papers, military records, scrapbooks, his personal library, business files, portraits, motion picture film, video tape, and sound recordings. A finding aid for the collection is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Evins, Joe L. Understanding Congress. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publisher, 1963.

Graves, Susan B. Evins of Tennessee: Twenty-five Years in Congress. New York: Popular Library, 1971.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Joe L. Evins, Democratic Representative from Tennessee. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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