THOMAS, John Parnell

THOMAS, John Parnell
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


THOMAS, John Parnell, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., January 16, 1895; attended the public schools of Allendale, N.J., the high school at Ridgewood, N.J., and the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; during the First World War served overseas as a second lieutenant in Company B, Three Hundred and Sixth Infantry, and first lieutenant and captain in Headquarters, Regimental Staff of the Fiftieth Infantry, 1917-1919; engaged in investment securities pursuits 1920-1938 and in the insurance business in New York City since 1938; member of the borough council of Allendale, N.J., in 1925; mayor of Allendale 1926-1930; member of State house of assembly 1935-1937; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his resignation on January 2, 1950; chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eightieth Congress); convicted on December 9, 1949, of conspiracy to defraud United States government and presenting false claims; full pardon granted by President Harry S. Truman on December 25, 1952; editor and publisher of three weekly newspapers in Bergen County, N.J., 1951-1955; real estate solicitor in 1955 and 1956; defeated for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1954; engaged in investment securities; moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he died November 19, 1970; cremated; ashes interred in Elmgrove Cemetery, Mystic, Conn.

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

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External Research Collections

New York University
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

New York, NY
Papers: In the American Business Consultants, Inc. Counterattack: Research Files, ca. 1930-1968, 44 linear feet. Persons represented include J. Parnell Thomas.

Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the John L. Spivak Papers, 1922-1973, 16 linear feet. Correspondents include J. Parnell Thomas.

Stanford University Libraries
Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Stan Steiner Papers, ca. 1940-1987, 69 linear feet. Persons represented include J. Parnell Thomas.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Carlson, Lewis H. "J. Parnell Thomas and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1938-1948." Ph.D. diss., Michigan State University, 1967.

Goodman, Walter. The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1968.

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