SHORT, Dewey Jackson

SHORT, Dewey Jackson
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1898–1979

Biography

SHORT, Dewey Jackson, a Representative from Missouri; born in Galena, Stone County, Mo., April 7, 1898; attended the public school, Galena High School, and Marionville (Mo.) College; during the First World War served in the Infantry; was graduated from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kans., in 1919 and from Boston (Mass.) University in 1922; attended Harvard University, Heidelberg University, the University of Berlin, Germany, and Oxford University, Oxford, England; professor of ethics, psychology, and political philosophy at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans., in 1923, 1924, and 1926-1928; pastor of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Springfield, Mo., in 1927; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; resumed his former professional pursuits; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932; unsuccessful candidate in 1932 for nomination to the United States Senate; elected to the Seventy-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1957); chairman, Committee on Armed Services (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; congressional delegate to inspect concentration camps in Germany in 1945; Assistant Secretary of the Army from March 15, 1957, to January 20, 1961; was president emeritus, National Rivers and Harbors Congress, and a lecturer; resided in Washington, D.C., where he died November 19, 1979; interment in Galena Cemetery, Galena, Mo.

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

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External Research Collections

The School of the Ozarks
Lyons Memorial Library Ozarkiana Collection

Point Lookout, MO
Papers: 1928-1961. 187 feet. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including photographs, motion picture film, and memorabilia. Inventory list available. Restricted to scholarly use on the premise.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services. Portrait Ceremony Honoring the Honorable Dewey Short, June 19, 1956. 84th Cong., 2nd Sess., 1956, H. Doc. 448.

Wiley, Robert S. Dewey Short, Orator of the Ozarks. Cassville, Miss.: Litho Printers and Bindery, 1985.

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