TILSON, John Quillin, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Clearbranch, Unicoi
County, Tenn., April 5, 1866; attended public and private schools at Flag Pond,
in his native county, and also at Mars Hill, Madison County, N.C.; was
graduated from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn., in 1888, from Yale
University, New Haven, Conn., in 1891, and from the law department of the same
university in 1893; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in
New Haven, Conn.; enlisted as a volunteer during the war with Spain and served
as second lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment, United States Volunteer Infantry;
member of the State house of representatives 1904-1908, serving as speaker the
last two years; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second
Congresses (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; served on the Mexican border as lieutenant
colonel of the Second Infantry, Connecticut National Guard, in 1916; elected to
the Sixty-fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March
4, 1915, until his resignation on December 3, 1932; majority leader
(Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses); was not a candidate
for renomination in 1932; delegate to the Republican National Convention in
1932; resumed practice of law in Washington, D.C., and New Haven, Conn.;
special lecturer at Yale University on parliamentary law and procedure; died in
New London, N.H., August 14, 1958; interment in private burial grounds on the
family farm, Clearbranch, Tenn.
BibliographySweeting, Orville J. John Q. Tilson and the Re-Apportionment
Act of 1929.
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