Bartel J. Jonkman

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Bartel J. Jonkman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
In office
February 19, 1940 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by Carl Mapes
Succeeded by Gerald Ford
Personal details
Born (1884-04-28)April 28, 1884
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died June 13, 1955(1955-06-13) (aged 71)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Political party Republican Party
Alma mater University of Michigan Law School

Bartel John Jonkman (April 28, 1884 – June 13, 1955) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Jonkman was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he attended the public schools. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan in 1914, was admitted to the bar the same year, and commenced practice in Grand Rapids. He served as assistant prosecutor of Kent County from 1915 to 1920, and as prosecuting attorney from 1929 to 1936.

Following the death of U.S. Representative Carl E. Mapes, in December 1939, a special election was held on February 19, 1940 to fill the vacancy. Jonkman was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 5th congressional district to the 76th United States Congress, serving from February 19, 1940 to January 3, 1949. In the 1948 Republican primary, he was defeated for re-nomination by Gerald Ford.

Bartel J. Jonkman had become unpopular largely due to his isolationist position on foreign policy. He resumed the practice of law and died in Grand Rapids. He was interred there in Woodlawn Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carl E. Mapes
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Michigan
February 19, 1940 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Gerald Ford