JENNINGS, William Pat

JENNINGS, William Pat
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1919–1994

Biography

JENNINGS, William Pat, a Representative from Virginia; born on a farm in St. Clair, Smyth County, Va., August 20, 1919; attended the public schools; B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., 1941; entered the United States Army in July 1941; served in the United States for two years and in the European Theater of Operations for two and a half years with the Twenty-ninth Infantry as platoon leader, company commander, and operations officer; instructor in ROTC at the University of Illinois; discharged as a major in May 1946; automobile and farm implement dealer in Marion, Va., from 1946 until his death; cattle farmer; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1968; elected sheriff of Smyth County, Va., in 1947, reelected in 1951, and served until 1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1967); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives to the Ninetieth and to the four succeeding Congresses until his resignation on November 15, 1975 (January 10, 1967-November 15, 1975); president of Slurry Transport Association; was a resident of Marion, Va., until his death there on August 2, 1994; interment in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Stuart E. Brown Papers, ca. 1946-1978, approximately 3000 items. Correspondents include William Pat Jennings.

University of Virginia
Virginia Center for Digital History

Charlottesville, VA
Film reels: Television News of the Civil Rights Era 1950-1970 Two Videos: Congressman Pat Jennings on Kennedy Assassination, 1963 and A Speech given by Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy where, he acknowledges Congressman Jennings
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