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ALLEN, John Joseph, Jr.

ALLEN, John Joseph, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1899–1995

Biography

ALLEN, John Joseph, Jr., a Representative from California; born in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., November 27, 1899; attended the public schools; while a student in college enlisted during the First World War in the United States Navy and served as an apprentice seaman; was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1920 and from its law department in 1922; was admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Oakland, Calif.; member of the Oakland Board of Education 1923-1943, serving several terms as president; president of the California State School Trustees Association 1936-1938; member of the County Republican Central Committee 1936-1944; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy 1942-1945, with twenty months in the South Pacific area; vice chairman of the State commission on school districts in 1946 and 1947; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; appointed Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation January 5, 1959, serving until January 20, 1961; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1969; resided in McCall, Idaho, until his death on March 7, 1995.

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

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External Research Collections

Idaho State Historical Society
Idaho Oral History Center

Boise, ID
Oral History: 1993, 37 pages. An interview of John Joseph Allen, Jr. , by Linda Morton-Keithley under the auspices of the Idaho State Historical Society on 4 Feb. 1993. Topics include mayors in McCall, Idaho, and politicians in California.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Drew Pearson Papers, ca. 1910-1969, 537 linear feet. Persons represented include John Joseph Allen, Jr. An inventory is available in the library and online.

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: ca. 1926-1984, 10 linear feet. The John Joseph Allen Collection contains personal and professional papers relating to his political career, primarily as U.S. Representative from California. Also included is a volume of personal reminiscences, which features extensive genealogies and family history.
Papers: In the Harry Everett Drobish Papers, 1917-1954, 13 boxes, 6 cartons, 2 volumes, and 1 oversize folder. The papers include a letter from John Joseph Allen, Jr. written on February 16, 1949, concerning the disposition of farm labor camps. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Patrick William McDonough Papers, ca. 1940-1951, 1 carton. The papers include 3 letters from John Joseph Allen, Jr. to Patrick William McDonough between 1948 and 1949. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive, ca. 1915-1965, approximately 365,000 negatives (glass and film) and approximately 30,000 photographic prints. Persons represented include John Joseph Allen, Jr. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the St. Sure Family Papers, 1886-1966, 5 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 oversize folder. The papers include a letter from John Joseph Allen, Jr. to J. Paul St. Sure written on March 11, 1952. In the letter, John Joseph Allen congratulates J. Paul St. Sure on being elected President of the Pacific Maritime Association. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the August Vollmer Papers, ca. 1918-1955, 46 boxes, 7 cartons, 3 volumes, and 2 oversize folders. The papers contain 22 letters from John Joseph Allen, Jr. written between 1946 and 1955. Much of the correspondence consists of campaign letters written while John Joseph Allen was running for a seat in the U.S. Congress. The papers also include form letters from John Joseph Allen to constituents. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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