|Joseph Wellington Byrns Jr.|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
|Preceded by||Richard Merrill Atkinson|
|Succeeded by||Percy Priest|
|Born||Joseph Wellington Byrns Jr.|
August 15, 1903
Davidson County, Tennessee
|Died||March 8, 1973 (aged 69)|
|Spouse(s)||Cornelia Park Byrns
Lillie (Warmack) Adams Byrns
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Joseph Wellington Byrns Jr. (August 15, 1903 – March 8, 1973) was an American attorney and one-term Member of Congress from Tennessee.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Byrns was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, the son of former House Speaker Joseph W. Byrns and Julia Woodard. He completed his schooling at the Emerson Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1923 while his father was serving in Congress. In 1928, he graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar the same year. Byrns was first married to Cornelia Park in 1929, but the marriage ended in divorce. It is said that Cornelia liked being Mrs. Joseph W. Byrns Jr., and for the rest of her life refused to acknowledge the divorce. Byrns later enjoyed a happy marriage to Mrs. Lillie (Warmack) Adams of Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Career[edit | edit source]
In 1938, Byrns won the Democratic nomination for his father's old House seat and was elected to that office in November of that year. He served that one term, from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1941. and won the Democratic nomination for a second one in 1940. His vote for an amendment that would have postponed the operation of the Selective Service Act by 60 days helped to inspire opposition from an independent candidate named Percy Priest, who was a member of the editorial staff of the Nashville Tennessean. Priest defeated Byrns by a 50%-43% margin (24,565 votes to 20,933 votes, with 3,459 votes going to the Republican nominee). After his defeat, he resumed the practice of law.
Although Byrns achieved some stature during his life, he was always overshadowed by the successes and popularity of his father. Afterwards, he retired to Florida.
Death[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Rep. Joseph Byrns Jr.". Govtrack US Congress. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_byrns/402157. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Byrns, Joseph Wellington Jr.". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001218. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Byrns, Joseph Wellington Jr.". The Political Graveyard. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/byrns-byrum.html. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
[edit | edit source]
- Joseph W. Byrns, Jr. at Find a Grave
- J at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Gowan, Phillip A. Byrns/Jackson, A Record of Their Probationary State
- This article incorporates material from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States House of Representatives|
Richard M. Atkinson
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district
|Tennessee's delegation(s) to the 76th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)|
|76th||Senate: K. McKellar • T. Stewart||House: W. Taylor • S. McReynolds • J. Cooper • C. Reece • C. Turner • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • J. Byrns Jr. • A. Gore Sr.|
|76th||Senate: K. McKellar • T. Stewart||House: W. Taylor • S. McReynolds • J. Cooper • C. Reece • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • J. Byrns Jr. • A. Gore Sr. • W. Courtney|
|76th||Senate: K. McKellar • T. Stewart||House: W. Taylor • J. Cooper • C. Reece • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • J. Byrns Jr. • A. Gore Sr. • W. Courtney • E. Kefauver|
|76th||Senate: K. McKellar • T. Stewart||House: J. Cooper • C. Reece • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • J. Byrns Jr. • A. Gore Sr. • W. Courtney • E. Kefauver • J. Jennings|
|76th||Senate: K. McKellar • T. Stewart||House: J. Cooper • C. Reece • H. Pearson • J. Byrns Jr. • A. Gore Sr. • W. Courtney • E. Kefauver • J. Jennings • C. Davis|
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