W. Pat Jennings

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W. Pat Jennings
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28th Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 10, 1967 – November 15, 1975
Preceded by Ralph R. Roberts
Succeeded by Edmund L. Henshaw, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1967
Preceded by William C. Wampler
Succeeded by William C. Wampler
Personal details
Born William Pat Jennings
(1919-08-20)August 20, 1919
Smyth, Virginia, U.S.
Died August 2, 1994(1994-08-02) (aged 74)
Marion, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Tech (B.S.)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1941–1946
Rank Major
Battles/wars World War II

William Pat Jennings (August 20, 1919 – August 2, 1994) was a United States Representative from Virginia.


Jennings was born on a farm in Camp in Smyth County, Virginia. He earned a B.S. degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, 1941. He entered the United States Army in July 1941 during World War II. He served in the United States for two years and in the European Theater of Operations for two and a half years with the Twenty-ninth Infantry as platoon leader, company commander, and operations officer. He was also an instructor in ROTC at the University of Illinois. He was discharged as a major in May 1946.

Jennings owned an automobile and farm implement business in Marion, Virginia, from 1946 until his death. He also participated in politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1968. He was elected sheriff of Smyth County, Virginia in 1947, reelected in 1951, and served until 1954. He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1967). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress. In 1966, journalist Drew Pearson reported that Jennings was one of a group of Congressman who had received the "Statesman of the Republic" award from Liberty Lobby for his "right-wing activities".[1] He was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives for the Ninetieth Congress, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses, and served from January 10, 1967, until his resignation November 15, 1975. He died in Marion, Virginia in 1994.[2]


  1. ^ Pearson, Drew (November 2, 1966). "Judge Rules Against Liberty Lobby". The Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. p. 6. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/04/obituaries/w-pat-jennings-74-was-in-us-house.html
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Wampler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
William C. Wampler
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Ralph R. Roberts
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
1967 - 1975
Succeeded by
Edmund L. Henshaw, Jr.