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ASWELL, James Benjamin

ASWELL, James Benjamin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


ASWELL, James Benjamin, a Representative from Louisiana; born near Vernon, Jackson Parish, La., December 23, 1869; attended the public schools; was graduated from Peabody Normal College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1892 and from the University of Nashville in 1893; taught in country schools and high schools, and later attended Chicago University; State institution conductor 1897-1900; president of the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute 1900-1904; State superintendent of public education 1904-1908, and while serving in that capacity reorganized the public-school system of Louisiana; president of the Louisiana State Normal College at Natchitoches 1908-1911; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1931; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: In the James B. Aswell Family Papers, 1892-1959, 3 linear feet. Materials pertain principally to James B. Aswell's political career and Louisiana politics, World War I, and post-war European conditions. Included are diaries documenting James Aswell's official missions to Europe and scrapbooks on his career as an educator.
Papers: In the Herbert (Raphael and Family) Papers, 1827-1960, 3.5 linear feet. Persons represented include James B. Aswell. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Nashville, TN
Papers: In the Cordell Hull Papers, ca. 1901-1932, 750 items. Correspondents include James B. Aswell. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 72d Congress, 1st session, 1931-1932. House. Memorial services in the House of Representatives of the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1932.

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