STEED, Thomas Jefferson

STEED, Thomas Jefferson
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1904–1983

Biography

STEED, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Rising Star, Eastland County, Tex., March 2, 1904; attended the public schools of Konawa, Okla.; connected with Oklahoma daily newspapers for twenty years, including four years as managing editor of Shawnee News and Star; enlisted on October 29, 1942, as a private in Antiaircraft Artillery and released from active duty in May 1944 with rank of second lieutenant; joined Office of War Information July 1, 1944, and served with information division in India-Burma Theater until December 1945; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1981); chairman, Committee on Small Business (Ninety-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; was a resident of Shawnee, Okla., until his death on June 8, 1983; interment at Resthaven Cemetery, Shawnee, Okla.

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: May 24, 1980. 97 pages. In the United States Capitol Historical Society Oral History Collection.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: ca. 1934-1981, 415 cubic feet. The collection consists correspondence, legislation and reports, newspaper clippings, publications, memos, schedules, and invitations of Thomas Steed. Prominent topics found in the papers include Indian affairs, energy, military bases located within the state, soil conservation, water resource development, flood control, agriculture, and rural electrification. National issues such as civil rights, communism, education, gun control, public health, inflation, veterans, the Taft-Hartley law, Panama Canal, Vietnam, and tax reform are also well represented. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Oral History: May 24, 1980. 97 pages. A copy of U.S. Capitol Historical Society interview.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Tom Steed, Democratic Representative from Oklahoma. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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