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Jackson Edward Betts (May 26, 1904 – August 13, 1993) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.

Jackson Edward Betts
Jackson Edward Betts 84th Congress 1955.jpg
c. 1955
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byFrederick Cleveland Smith
Succeeded byWalter E. Powell
Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
January 1, 1945 – January 5, 1947
Preceded byWilliam M. McCulloch
Succeeded byC. William O'Neill
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1904-05-26)May 26, 1904
Findlay, Ohio
DiedAugust 13, 1993(1993-08-13) (aged 89)
Findlay, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materKenyon College
Yale Law School

Jackson Edward Betts was born in Findlay, Ohio. He graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 1926, and from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1929. He was admitted to the bar in 1930, and commenced the practice of law in Findlay, Ohio. He served as prosecuting attorney of Hancock County, Ohio, from 1933 to 1937. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1937 to 1947, serving as speaker in 1945 and 1946.

Betts was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the ten succeeding Congresses. He was not a candidate in 1972 for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress. He was a part-time teacher at Findlay College from 1973 to 1983 and acting judge of Findlay Municipal Court from 1981 to 1989. He was a resident of Findlay, Ohio, until his death there on August 13, 1993.


  • United States Congress. "Jackson Edward Betts (id: B000426)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick C. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter E. Powell