John Jennings (American politician)

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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 by J. Will Taylor
Succeeded by Howard Baker, Sr.
Personal details
Born June 6, 1880 (1880-06-06)
Jacksboro, Tennessee
Died February 27, 1956 (1956-02-28) (aged 75)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater U.S. Grant University
Profession Attorney



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


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 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 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 John Jennings, Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ "John Jennings, Jr.". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Jennings, Jr.". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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Preceded by
J. Will Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd congressional district

1939 –1951
Succeeded by
Howard Henry Baker, Sr.