JOHNSON, Jed Joseph, (1888 - 1963)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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JOHNSON, Jed Joseph, (father of Jed Joseph Johnson, Jr.), a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Waxahachie, Ellis County, Tex., July 31, 1888; attended the public schools in Texas and Oklahoma; was graduated from the law department of the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1915, and postgraduate work at l’Université de Clermont at Clermont-Ferrand, France; was admitted to the bar in 1918 and commenced practice at Walters, Okla.; served overseas as a private in Company L of the Thirty-sixth Division in 1918 and 1919; editor of a newspaper in Cotton County, Okla., 1920-1922; member of the State senate 1920-1927; delegate to the annual peace conference of the Interparliamentary Union at Paris, France, in 1927 and 1937, and at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1929; chairman of the speakers’ bureau, Democratic National Congressional Committee; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1927-January 3, 1947); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the United States Customs Court in 1945, which position he declined; was appointed by President Harry S Truman to the United States Customs Court in 1947 and served until his death in a New York City Hospital May 8, 1963; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Okla.