BYRNS, Joseph Wellington, Jr., (1903 - 1973)


Photograph (detail), 1939, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BYRNS, Joseph Wellington, Jr., (son of Joseph Wellington Byrns), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., August 15, 1903; attended the public schools; was graduated from Emerson Institute at Washington, D.C., in 1922 and from the law department of Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn., in 1928; was admitted to the bar in 1928 and commenced practice in Nashville; member of the Air Corps Reserve 1930-1938, with the rank of captain; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law; served in the United States Army from June 23, 1942, to August 17, 1945, with two and one-half years overseas in the European Theater of Operations; retired; resided in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he died March 8, 1973; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.