John Carl Hinshaw

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John Hinshaw

John Carl Hinshaw (July 28, 1894 – August 5, 1956) was a United States Representative from California. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, son of William Wade and Anna Williams Hinshaw. He attended the public schools and Valparaiso University. He graduated from Princeton University in 1916 and pursued a postgraduate course in business administration at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He served overseas as a First Lieutenant in the Sixteenth Railroad Engineers from May 1917 to September 1919 during and immediately after World War I. He was then discharged as a captain in the Corps of Engineers. He served as laborer, salesman, and manager in automotive manufacturing in Chicago from 1920-1926. He also engaged in investment banking in 1927 and 1928.

Hinshaw moved to Pasadena, California in 1929 and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress. He was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939 until his death in Bethesda, Maryland in 1956. He had been renominated in the June 1956 primary election. He was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Hinshaw was a member of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, the Joint Atomic Energy Committee, and the Congressional Air Policy Board (Vice-Chairman, 1947[1]). He received the Air Force Association's Citation of Honor in 1948,[2] and in 1953 Hinshaw received the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy "For his service as a Member of the House of Representatives in fostering the sound and consistent growth of aviation in all its forms, so that it might become a deterrent to war and that it might increasingly become an important carrier of the people and the commerce of the world."[3]

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  1. ^ "Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233), Chapter 23. Records of the Joint Committees of Congress 1789-1968 (Record Group 128)", retrieved 13-Nov-2011.
  2. ^ John W. McCormack (Rep. Massachusetts) in "Carl Hinshaw, Late a Representative from California," p. 36
  3. ^ "National Aeronautic Association Awards, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy Winners 1948 – 1959" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-11-13.  (retrieved 13-Nov-2011).


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John S. McGroarty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
George E. Outland
Preceded by
Edouard V. M. Izac
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
H. Allen Smith