|Photograph, 1946, Collection of the U.S. House of
PRIEST, James Percy, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Carters Creek, Maury
County, Tenn., April 1, 1900; attended the public schools of Maury County,
Tenn., Central High School, Columbia, Tenn., State Teachers College,
Murfreesboro, Tenn., George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn., and
the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; taught school in Culleoka, Tenn.,
1920-1926; member of the editorial staff of the Nashville Tennessean 1926-1940;
elected as an Independent Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress and
reelected as a Democrat to the seven succeeding Congresses and had been
renominated in the 1956 primary election; served from January 3, 1941, until
his death in Nashville, Tenn., October 12, 1956; majority whip (Eighty-first
and Eighty-second Congresses); chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign
Commerce (Eighty-fourth Congress); interment in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
BibliographyStubbs, Rebecca Harris.
J. Percy Priest and His Amazing Race: A Biography. Charleston,
S.C.: BookSurge Publishing, Inc., 2009.