Arthur B. Jenks

Arthur Byron Jenks (October 15, 1866 – December 14, 1947) was a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Arthur Byron Jenks
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byAlphonse Roy
Succeeded byChester Earl Merrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1937 – June 9, 1938
Preceded byWilliam Nathaniel Rogers
Succeeded byAlphonse Roy
Personal details
BornOctober 15, 1866
West Dennis, Massachusetts
DiedDecember 14, 1947 (aged 81)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican

Born in West Dennis, Massachusetts, Jenks attended public schools. He was employed as a shoe worker in 1881. He engaged in the shoe manufacturing business at Manchester, New Hampshire from 1902 to 1930. He also became engaged in the banking business in 1917 in Manchester.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and in 1936 to the next Congress. In the 1936 election, Jenks first received a plurality of 550 votes, seemingly winning the contest, but after a recount the race was tied. Both Jenks and his opponent Democrat Alphonse Roy appealed to the state ballot-law commission which considered more than 100 disputed ballots before declaring Roy the winner by 17 votes. Jenks brought forward 34 more ballots, which the commission included, making Jenks the winner. Jenks was certified the winner, but Roy contested the election at the United States House of Representatives. When the new House was sworn in, Jenks was told to "stand aside", but then he was sworn in immediately afterward, after the House passed a resolution allowing for it. Following two investigations by the House Committee on Elections it was decided that Roy had won the race by 20 votes. On June 9, 1938, more than a year after the election, the House voted that Jenks was not entitled to the seat and that Roy was.[1]

He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936 and 1940. He was served as a Republican in the Seventy-fifth Congress from January 3, 1937, until June 9, 1938, when he was succeeded by Alphonse Roy, who contested his election.

Jenks was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942.

He resumed the banking business in Manchester until his death there on December 14, 1947. He was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitaker, L. Paige. "Contested Election Cases in the House of Representatives: 1933 to 2009" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 28 December 2020.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Nathaniel Rogers
U.S. Representative for the 1st District of New Hampshire
January 3, 1937–June 9, 1938
Succeeded by
Alphonse Roy
Preceded by
Alphonse Roy
U.S. Representative for the 1st District of New Hampshire
January 3, 1939–January 3, 1943
Succeeded by
Chester Earl Merrow