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John Joseph Dempsey (June 22, 1879 – March 11, 1958) was a United States Representative from New Mexico who also served as the 13th governor of New Mexico. He was born in White Haven, Pennsylvania, where he attended grade school. Employed as a telegrapher, he held various positions with the Brooklyn Union Elevator Company. He was the vice president of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company until 1919 when he entered the oil business in Oklahoma and became vice president of the Continental Oil and Asphalt Company. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1920 and was an independent oil operator and in 1928 became president of the United States Asphalt Company.

John J. Dempsey
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13th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1943 – January 1, 1947
LieutenantJames B. Jones
Preceded byJohn E. Miles
Succeeded byThomas J. Mabry
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byDennis Chavez
Succeeded byClinton Presba Anderson
In office
January 3, 1951 – March 11, 1958
Preceded byJohn E. Miles
Succeeded byThomas G. Morris
Personal details
Born(1879-06-22)June 22, 1879
White Haven, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 11, 1958(1958-03-11) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kathryn McCarthy (died), Gladys Everett
ResidenceSanta Fe
ProfessionPetroleum
Dempsey in 1939

Dempsey in 1932 was appointed a member and later president of the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico. He served as the state director for the National Recovery Administration in 1933, then became state director of the Federal Housing Administration and the National Emergency Council. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1940 when he was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for United States Senator.

Dempsey served as a member of the United States Maritime Commission in 1941. He was the Under Secretary of the Interior from July 7, 1941, until his resignation on June 24, 1942. He was Governor of New Mexico from January 1, 1943, to January 1, 1947 and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1946. He was elected to the Eighty-second and the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 11, 1958. He is buried in Rosario Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • United States Congress. "John J. Dempsey (id: D000228)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Miles
Governor of New Mexico
1943–1947
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Mabry
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dennis Chavez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's at-large congressional district

1935–1941
Succeeded by
Clinton P. Anderson
Preceded by
John E. Miles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's at-large congressional district

1951–1958
Succeeded by
Thomas G. Morris