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JONAS, Charles Raper

JONAS, Charles Raper
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1904–1988

Biography

JONAS, Charles Raper, (son of Charles Andrew Jonas), a Representative from North Carolina; born near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., December 9, 1904; graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1921; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1925, and from the same university law school, J.D., 1928; was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced practice in Lincolnton, N.C., in 1928; assistant United States attorney for the western district of North Carolina, 1931-1933; member of the North Carolina National Guard since 1927; entered active duty in the Army of the United States as a captain, September 21, 1940, and was separated from the service April 20, 1946, as a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps; president, North Carolina Bar Association, 1946-1947; member, Board of Law Examiners, 1948-1950; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; was a resident of Lincolnton, N.C., until his death there September 28, 1988.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

U.S. Army Military History Institute

Carlisle Barracks, PA
Papers: In the Ira T. Wyche papers 1931-1981, 1 box. Correspondents include Charles Raper Jonas.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1806; 1918-1984, 45 linear feet. The papers document Charles Raper Jonas's twenty-year career as a congressman from North Carolina, representing the tenth (1953-1962), eighth (1963-1968), and ninth (1969-1972) districts, and also provide valuable information about Charles Raper Jonas's career as the ranking Republican member of North Carolina's Congressional delegation. The economic and social development of the various counties Charles Raper Jonas represented is also documented, particularly Mecklenburg County and Charlotte, which gained national attention during his term for its efforts at school desegregation through busing. There is also some material relating to Charles Raper Jonas's activities before running for Congress, as well as material relating to his personal life.
Papers: In the papers of Charles Andrew Jonas, 1900-1945, 3 linear feet. Collection includes personal correspondence between Jonas and his son, Charles Raper Jonas.
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