SHORT, Dewey Jackson, a Representative from Missouri; born in Galena, Stone County, Mo.,
April 7, 1898; attended the public school, Galena High School, and Marionville
(Mo.) College; during the First World War served in the Infantry; was graduated
from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kans., in 1919 and from Boston (Mass.)
University in 1922; attended Harvard University, Heidelberg University, the
University of Berlin, Germany, and Oxford University, Oxford, England;
professor of ethics, psychology, and political philosophy at Southwestern
College, Winfield, Kans., in 1923, 1924, and 1926-1928; pastor of the Grace
Methodist Episcopal Church, Springfield, Mo., in 1927; elected as a Republican
to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; resumed his
former professional pursuits; delegate to the Republican National Convention in
1932; unsuccessful candidate in 1932 for nomination to the United States
Senate; elected to the Seventy-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses
(January 3, 1935-January 3, 1957); chairman, Committee on Armed Services
(Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the
Eighty-fifth Congress; congressional delegate to inspect concentration camps in
Germany in 1945; Assistant Secretary of the Army from March 15, 1957, to
January 20, 1961; was president emeritus, National Rivers and Harbors Congress,
and a lecturer; resided in Washington, D.C., where he died November 19, 1979;
interment in Galena Cemetery, Galena, Mo.
BibliographyWiley, Robert S.
Dewey Short, Orator of the Ozarks. Cassville, Miss.: Litho
Printers and Bindery, 1985.