J. Thomas Jewell

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Joseph Thomas Jewell, Sr.
Louisiana State Representative for Pointe Coupee Parish
In office
1936–1968
Preceded by Ralph Herbert
Succeeded by Robert "Bobby" Freeman

Esper Marionneaux, Jr. (in revised districting)

Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
1960–1964
Preceded by Bob Angelle
Succeeded by Vail M. Delony
Personal details
Born (1909-03-06)March 6, 1909
Place of birth missing
Died December 10, 1993(1993-12-10) (aged 84)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dorothy Morgan Jewell
Children J. Thomas Jewell, Jr.

Four grandchildren

Residence New Roads
Pointe Coupee Parish

Louisiana, USA

Joseph Thomas Jewell, Sr., known as J. Thomas Jewell (March 6, 1909 - December 10, 1993),[1] was a Democrat from New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1936 to 1968. In the 1960-1964 term, the second tenure of Governor Jimmie Davis, he was the House Speaker.[2]

Jewell was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention, which met in Los Angeles, California, to nominate the Kennedy-Johnson ticket,[3] an easy winner in the race for Louisiana's then ten electoral votes in the general election against Republican nominee Richard M. Nixon and a slate of unpledged electors, including future Governor David C. Treen.

Speaker Jewell, as did most elected officials in the Deep South at the time, opposed school desegregation. On November 14, 1960, six days after the election of John F. Kennedy as president, Jewell told his legislative colleagues:

The courts are traditionally the guardian of liberty. They have the right to pass upon the actions of the lawmakers of Louisiana and every other state. They can render opinions regarding the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress itself. But no power on earth – including the federal court – can assume unto itself the right to prejudge the actions of the Legislature.[4]

Jewell and his wife, the former Dorothy Morgan (1909-2008), had a son, J. Thomas Jewell, Jr. (1937-2002), who died of pancreatic cancer at his residence in New Roads. The junior Jewell was retired as a landman for the Warren American Oil Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J. T. Jewell". faqs.org. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016" (PDF). legis.la.gov. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "J. Thomas Jewell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Letters to the Editor". New Orleans Times-Picayune in fjc.gov. November 21, 1960. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jewell, J. Thomas, Jr.". Tulsa World. June 11, 2002. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
Preceded by
Ralph Herbert
Louisiana State Representative for Pointe Coupee Parish

Joseph Thomas Jewell, Sr.
1936–1968

Succeeded by
Robert "Bobby" Freeman

Esper Marionneaux, Jr. (in revised districting)

Preceded by
Bob Angelle (St. Martin Parish)
Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Joseph Thomas Jewell, Sr.
1960–1964

Succeeded by
Vail M. Delony (East Carroll Parish)