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Edward Halsey Jenison (July 27, 1907 – June 24, 1996) was a U.S. Representative for three terms, Illinois State Representative for one term, and newspaper publisher of the Daily Beacon-News of Paris, Illinois for 65 years.[1]

Edward H. Jenison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byCharles W. Vursell
Succeeded byCharles W. Vursell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byJessie Sumner
Succeeded byHarold H. Velde
Personal details
Born(1907-07-27)July 27, 1907
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
DiedJune 24, 1996(1996-06-24) (aged 88)
Paris, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Jenison attended the public schools and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He engaged in newspaper work, from 1925 to 1937, and as a publisher, since 1938, of the Paris, Illinois Daily Beacon-News. He served as lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, attached to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air, with service in the Pacific and Atlantic Forces, from April 1943 to September 1946.[2]

Jenison was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth, Eighty-first, and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1953). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress, in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress, and in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress.[2] He resumed the publishing business,[2] and was named "master editor" by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association in 1986.[1] He served as delegate to the 1956 Republican National Convention and 1968 Republican National Convention. He served as director, Department of Finance, State of Illinois, from June 15, 1960, to January 20, 1961. He served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives for one term from 1965 to 1966. Jenison also served in the Illinois House of Representatives from November 7, 1973 to the end of his term in 1974. He was appointed to replace William D. Cox who was convicted in the United States District Court for mail fraud and filing a false income tax return.[3][4] He served as a delegate, Illinois Sixth Constitutional Convention from 1969 to 1970. He died on June 24, 1996;[2] his funeral service was in Paris, Illinois.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Edward H. Jenison". Chicago Tribune. 1996-06-28. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  2. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Edward H. Jenison (id: J000080)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  3. ^ 'Jenison Gets Cox Seat in Illinois House,' The Terre Haute Tribune (Indiana), November 8, 1973, pg 9
  4. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1973-1974,' Biographical Sketch of Edward H. Jenison, pg. 161

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