John Jennings (American politician)
John Jennings Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 2nd district
December 30, 1939 – January 3, 1951
|Preceded by||J. Will Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Howard Baker Sr.|
|Born||June 6, 1880|
|Died||February 27, 1956 (aged 75)|
|Alma mater||U.S. Grant University|
|Profession||Attorney, politician, judge|
Jennings was born in Jacksboro on June 6, 1880. He attended public schools and American Temperance University in Harriman before graduating from U.S. Grant University in Athens, Tennessee, in 1906. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1903, and entered the practice of law in Jellico in his native Campbell County, Tennessee.
In Campbell County, Jennings served as county superintendent of public instruction in 1903 and 1904, and county attorney from 1911-1918. In 1918 he became special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States and judge of the second chancery division of Tennessee. He resigned the judgeship on July 1, 1923, and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he continued the practice of law. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912, 1936, and 1944.
In 1939, Jennings was elected to Congress as a Republican, filling the vacancy caused by the death of J. Will Taylor. He took office on December 30, 1939. He was elected to a full term in the 77th Congress and was re-elected to the four succeeding Congresses. In 1950, Howard Baker Sr. defeated him in his bid for renomination, so he ended his Congressional service on January 3, 1951. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law.