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John Jennings (American politician)

John Jennings Jr. (June 6, 1880 – February 27, 1956) was an American Republican, and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1939 to 1951.

John Jennings Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd district
In office
December 30, 1939 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byJ. Will Taylor
Succeeded byHoward Baker Sr.
Personal details
BornJune 6, 1880 (1880-06-06)
Jacksboro, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 27, 1956 (1956-02-28) (aged 75)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Alma materU.S. Grant University
ProfessionAttorney, 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.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3] After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law.


Jennings died in Knoxville on February 27, 1956 and is interred at Highland Memorial Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jennings, John, Jr., (1880–1956), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ "Jennings, John J., Jr. (1880–1956)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Rep. John Jennings Jr". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 9 May 2013.

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