FORDNEY, Joseph Warren, a Representative from Michigan; born on a farm near Hartford City,
Blackford County, Ind., November 5, 1853; attended the common schools; moved to
Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., in June 1869 and engaged in the lumber
industry; afterward became the owner of extensive lumber enterprises; vice
president of the Saginaw Board of Trade; member of the board of aldermen of
Saginaw 1896-1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the eleven
succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on
Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on
Ways and Means (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); co-sponsor of the
Fordney-McCumber Tariff of 1922; declined to be a candidate for renomination in
1922; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; returned to the
lumber business in Saginaw, Mich.; also interested in banking and agricultural
pursuits; died in Saginaw, Mich., on January 8, 1932; interment in St. Andrews
BibliographyRussell, John A.
Joseph Warren Fordney: An American Legislator. Boston: The
Stratford Co., 1928.