FLANNAGAN, John William, Jr.

FLANNAGAN, John William, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1885–1955

Biography

FLANNAGAN, John William, Jr., a Representative from Virginia; born on a farm near Trevilians, Louisa County, Va., February 20, 1885; attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1907; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Appalachia, Wise County, Va.; served as Commonwealth's attorney for Buchanan County, Va., in 1916 and 1917; moved to Clintwood, Va., in 1917, and to Bristol, Va., in 1925; lawyer, private practice; also engaged in banking 1917-1930; congressional adviser to the first session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at Quebec in 1945; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1949); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1948; resumed the practice of law in Bristol, Va., until his death there April 27, 1955; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Virginia Library
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1920-1953, 22 volumes. The scrapbooks of John William Flannagan, Jr. contain 13 volumes of news clippings documenting his political career, one volume of election returns, one volume on the Flannagan Tobacco Grading Bill, three volumes on the nomination of Judge Floyd Roberts as a Federal judge for the Western Virginia district, a letterbook, and three volumes of speeches chiefly from the Congressional Record. The letterbook contains routine correspondence and many responses to his speech on his dog and to the Bankhead-Flannagan bill to fund agricultural extension work. Other items include photographs, an 1826 letter from Professor Edward Grabhorn of Washington College regarding James Lyle, a eulogy for John William Flannagan, and drafts of some of his speeches.
Papers: In the Isabella Neff Burnet Collection of news clippings regarding the Presbyterian Church Virginia Synod and the Presbytery of West Hanover, 1919-1924, 15 items. The collection includes a printed address from April 17, 1940 by John W. Flannagan on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Wills Memorial Church (Trevilians, Va.).
Papers: In the Lewis Preston Collins Papers, ca. 1862-1952, 7 linear feet. Correspondents include John William Flannagan. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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