BROOKS, Overton

BROOKS, Overton
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1897–1961

Biography

BROOKS, Overton, (nephew of John Holmes Overton), a Representative from Louisiana; born near Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., December 21, 1897; attended the public schools; during the First World War served overseas as an enlisted man in the Sixth Field Artillery, First Division, Regular Army, in 1918 and 1919; was graduated from the law department of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1923; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Shreveport, La.; served as United States Commissioner 1925-1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death in Bethesda, Md., September 16, 1961; chairman, Committee on Science and Astronautics (Eighty-sixth and Eighty-seventh Congresses); interment in Forest Hills Cemetery, Shreveport, La.

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
Papers: In the Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg papers, ca. 1942-1954, 40.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Overton Brooks.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1905-1970. 5,737 items. Correspondence (1918-1961), particularly relating to his congressional duties, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Science and Astronautics Committee; congressional travel diaries (1947-1957); scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, memorabilia, and printed matter reflecting military service, political campaigns, and his other professional interests. Unpublished inventory in repository.
Microfilm: In the Samuel S. Caldwell scrapbooks, 1918-1950, 2 microfilm reels. Persons represented include Overton Brooks.
Papers: In the John Holmes Overton scrapbook, 1932-1959, 1 volume. Persons represented include Overton Brooks.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 87th Cong., 1st sess., 1961. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Overton Brooks, late a Representative from Louisiana. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1962.

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