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John Kee (August 22, 1874 – May 8, 1951) was a U.S. Democratic politician serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1933 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1951.

John Kee
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's 5th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1933 – May 8, 1951
Preceded byHugh Ike Shott
Succeeded byElizabeth Kee
Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
In office
March 7, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded bySol Bloom
Succeeded byJames P. Richards
Member of the West Virginia Senate from the 7th district
In office
1923–1926
Personal details
Born(1874-08-22)August 22, 1874
Glenville, West Virginia
DiedMay 8, 1951(1951-05-08) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Kee
ChildrenJames Kee
Alma materGlenville State Normal School
West Virginia University

BiographyEdit

He was born in Glenville, West Virginia. He attended Glenville State Normal School and West Virginia University, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and was admitted to the bar in 1897. Kee was a member of the West Virginia Senate 1923–1927 He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia and served from March 4, 1933 until his death, serving the Fifth Congressional District of West Virginia in the 73rd through the 82nd U.S. Congress.

A confidential 1943 analysis of the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Isaiah Berlin for the British Foreign Office stated that[1]

Judge Kee has been in the House for ten years, and, while he has voted steadily for all the President's foreign policies, he is not either a forceful, influential or noticeably active member of the committee.

Kee died of a heart attack in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 1951.[2] His wife, Elizabeth Kee, succeeded him as U.S. Representative after winning a special election to replace him. She served until 1965 when she was succeeded by their son, James Kee, who served until 1973 when the 5th district was abolished.

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  1. ^ Hachey, Thomas E. (Winter 1973–1974). "American Profiles on Capitol Hill: A Confidential Study for the British Foreign Office in 1943" (PDF). Wisconsin Magazine of History. 57 (2): 141–153. JSTOR 4634869. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rep. John Kee, Glenville Graduate, Dies Suddenly" (PDF). Glenville Mercury. May 15, 1951.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh Ike Shott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th congressional district

1933–1951
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Kee
Political offices
Preceded by
Sol Bloom
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
1949 – 1951
Succeeded by
James P. Richards