FORDNEY, Joseph Warren

FORDNEY, Joseph Warren
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1853–1932

Biography

FORDNEY, Joseph Warren, a Representative from Michigan; born on a farm near Hartford City, Blackford County, Ind., November 5, 1853; attended the common schools; moved to Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., in June 1869 and engaged in the lumber industry; afterward became the owner of extensive lumber enterprises; vice president of the Saginaw Board of Trade; member of the board of aldermen of Saginaw 1896-1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on Ways and Means (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); co-sponsor of the Fordney-McCumber Tariff of 1922; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1922; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; returned to the lumber business in Saginaw, Mich.; also interested in banking and agricultural pursuits; died in Saginaw, Mich., on January 8, 1932; interment in St. Andrew's Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collection, Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: ca. 1870-1927, 0.3 linear foot. The papers of Joseph Warren Fordney contain notes on the family, scattered personal and business correspondence, notebook of addresses and expense memoranda, and volume of notes on lumbering. Also included is a portrait of Elizabeth McBratnie, daughter of Saginaw businessman Colin McBratnie.
Papers: In the Junius Emery Beal Papers, 1869-1946, 15.3 linear feet. Correspondents include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
Papers: In the Wilber M. Brucker Papers, 1877-1968, 52 linear feet and 2 oversize folders. Correspondents include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
Papers: In the Marshall L. Cook Papers, 1880-1945, 6 linear feet. Correspondents include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Lucius Lee Hubbard Papers, 1871-1935, 5 linear feet and 1 oversize folder. Persons represented include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the William Butts Mershon Papers, 1848-1943, 47 linear feet. Correspondents include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
Papers: In the Chase Salmon Osborn Papers, 1889-1949, 168 linear feet and 3 oversize volumes. Persons represented include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
Papers: In the Jacob Ellsworth Reighard Papers, 1887-1942, 13 linear feet. Persons represented include Joseph Warren Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1921, 2 items. The papers contain correspondence between Joseph W. Fordney and Edgar Fahs Smith.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Thomas Walker Page Papers, 1906-1937, 4 linear feet. Correspondents include Joseph W. Fordney. A finding aid is available in the library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Fordney, Joseph Warren. The vital issue before the American people; shall we stand steadfastly for a continuance of the policies which have made the country prosperous? [Washington?]: N.p., 1908.

Russell, John A. Joseph Warner Fordney: An American Legislator. Boston: The Stratford Co., 1928.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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