MAAS, Melvin Joseph

MAAS, Melvin Joseph
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


MAAS, Melvin Joseph, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Duluth, Minn., May 14, 1898; moved with his parents to St. Paul, Minn., in 1898; educated in the public schools; was graduated from St. Thomas College at St. Paul in 1919; attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; engaged in the insurance business; during the First World War served in the aviation branch of the Marine Corps in 1918 and 1919; officer in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1925 and retired with rank of major general August 1, 1952; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; received the Carnegie Silver Medal for disarming an intruder on the House Floor on December 13, 1932; elected to the Seventy-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; served in the South Pacific as a colonel in the United States Marine Corps 1942-1945, while still a Member of Congress; special adviser to the House Naval Affairs Committee in 1946; assistant to the chairman of the board of the Sperry Corporation, New York City, 1947-1951; became a member of the President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped in 1949 and served as chairman 1954-1964; had been stricken with total blindness in August 1951; was a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., until his death in Bethesda, Md., April 13, 1964; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1912-1986, 5.6 cubic feet. The papers of Melvin Joseph Maas include diaries (1913-1963), letters, reports, speeches, clippings, photographs, and printed memorabilia. Topics covered in the papers document his congressional service (particularly national defense issues), military service, and work with the physically handicapped. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the William Haas Papers, 1917-1962, 0.3 cubic foot. Other authors include Melvin Joseph Maas. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.
Papers: In the George H. Hess and Family Papers, 1864-1948, 11.5 cubic feet. Other authors include Melvin Joseph Maas. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.
Papers: In the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 28 (Saint Paul, Minn.) Union Records, 1889-1990, 4 cubic feet. Correspondents include Melvin J. Maas.
Papers: In the Charles Stephen Schurman Papers, 1881-1938, 0.5 cubic foot. Correspondents include Melvin J. Maas.

Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Alice Allison Dunnigan Papers, 1947-1977, approximately 13 linear feet. Correspondents include Melvin Maas.

University of Oregon Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives

Eugene, OR
Papers: In the John T. Flynn papers, 1928-1960, 48 linear feet. Correspondents include Melvin Maas.

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library

Detroit, MI
Papers: In the Air Line Pilots Association President’s Department, Pt. I records; ca. 1931-1971, 90 linear feet. Correspondents include Melvin Maas.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Zehnpfennig, Gladys. Melvin J. Maas: Gallant Man of Action. Minneapolis: T. S. Denison, [1967].

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