Joseph Wellington Byrns

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Joseph Wellington Byrns (1869 - 1936) was the father of Joseph Wellington Byrns, Jr. and a Representative from Tennessee; born near Cedar Hill, Robertson County, TN, July 20, 1869.

  • Attended the common schools
  • Was graduated from Nashville High School in 1887 and from the law department of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 1890
  • Was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced the practice of law in Nashville
  • Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, 1895-1901
  • Member of the Tennessee State Senate in 1901-1903
  • Unsuccessful candidate for district attorney general of Davidson County in 1902
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death; chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Seventy-second Congress)
  • Majority leader (Seventy-third Congress), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Seventy-fourth Congress)
  • Chairman of the Democratic National Congressional Campaign Committee 1928-1930
  • Was a nominee for reelection to the Seventy-fifth Congress at the time of his death
  • Died in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 1936; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives
  • Buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.