Jed J. Johnson Collection

1927-1947

0.25 cubic feet

portrait of Jed Johnson

Inventory to the Jed Johnson Collection, 1927-1947
Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection


Collection Summary

Creator: Jed J. Johnson (1888-1963)
Title: Papers
Dates: 1927-1947
Abstract: A small collection of speeches, campaign materials, publications, and newspaper clippings mostly concerning Johnson's career in the United States Congress.
Quantity: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: OUCACJOHNSON

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Biographical Note

Born in Texas in 1888, Jed Johnson was educated in Oklahoma public schools and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1915. He completed post-graduate work at l'Universite de Clermont at Clermont-Ferrand, France. Mr. Johnson passed the bar in 1918 and opened a law practice in Walters, Oklahoma. He served as a private in Company L of the 36th Division during World War I and was editor of the Cotton County newspaper from 1920 until 1922. He married Beatrice Luginbyhl of Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1925. Four children were born to the couple including Jed Johnson, Jr., a former member of Congress also from Oklahoma's Sixth District.

In 1919 Jed Johnson was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate serving from 1920 - 1927. During this period, he was very active in the National Democratic Party. He was elected as a Democrat of the Sixth District of Oklahoma to the 70th U. S. Congress and served until 1947, when he failed to gain renomination. Appointed to the U. S. Customs Court in 1947, Mr. Johnson served in this position until his death in New York City on May 8, 1963.

During his tenure in Congress, Jed Johnson served as chairman of the Interior Committee on Appropriations, member of the Appropriations, Public Lands, Territories, Flood Control, and Military Affairs Committees, and Chairman of the House Democratic Steering Committee. He was the delegate from the U.S. Congress to the Twenty-fourth Annual Peace Conference, Interparliamentary Union, Paris, France, in 1927. He also attended a similar world peace conference at Geneva, Switzerland in 1929.

Jed Johnson was a leader in advocating rural electrification and in pushing for Congress to improve the farm-tenancy program. Johnson fathered the legislation in Congress establishing veterans' CCC camps. He was an advocate of liberal old-age pensions and of veterans' legislation. Johnson was also interested in soil and water conservation. He was known as a supporter of the Roosevelt Administration and of the New Deal.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jed J. Johnson Collection is quite small (0.25 cubic feet) and consists mainly of speeches, campaign materials, publications, and newspaper clippings. Although the dates are widely distributed (1927-1947), most of the material deals specifically with Johnson's congressional career. Johnson's speeches and newspaper clippings pertain to issues and legislation facing Congress such as veterans, illegal aliens, taxes and tariffs, rural electrification, and achievements and failures of the 71st Congress. Newspaper clippings relate to Johnson's positions on legislation, his activities and travels to the district, and national issues primarily for the years 1928 to 1937. Also included in the collection are Johnson's voting record for the 70th Congress, 2nd session; letters from Harry Truman, Sam Rayburn, and Usher Burdick; and excerpts from an examination conducted by Johnson of Leon Henderson, Office of Price Administration, regarding crude oil price fixing.

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Restrictions

There are no access restrictions to this collection.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the terms listed below in the online catalog to the University of Oklahoma Libraries (http://libraries.ou.edu/web/catalog.shtm). Additional indexing exists in a small online catalog that is only accessible at the Carl Albert Center.
Personal Names
Johnson, Jed J., 1888-1963.
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Subjects
Military pensions.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Form

Item (include dates if they exist), Folder Number, Box Number, Jed J. Johnson Collection, Carl Albert Congressional Studies and Research Center, University of Oklahoma

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following is a detailed listing of boxes, folders, and documents that can be found in this collection
This collection is not broken down into series.
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1/1 Correspondence:
~ Sam Rayburn to Jed Johnson. Re: Interior Appropriation Bill congratulations. Machine Signature. June 9, 1943.
~ Usher L. Burdick to Jed Johnson. Re: Thank-you note for speech on continuing O. W. I. November 23, 1943.
~ Harry Truman to Jed Johnson. Re: Reception of reports to Approporations Committee on J. S.'s visit to Alaska and Jed Johnson's future in Congress. Machine signature. August 29, 1945.
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1/2 Voting Record by Roll Call for Jed Johnson, in the U. S. House of Representatives, 70th Congress, 2nd session.
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1/3 Speeches:
~ "A Million Aliens Smuggled into America," 70th Congress, 2nd session, by Jed Johnson (tear sheet), Friday, March 1, 1929.
~ "A Plea for Those for Whom the World War Has Not Ended," in the House of Representatives, by Jed Johnson (tear sheet). Thursday, April 17, 1930.
~ "The Hawley-Smoot-Grundy High Tariff Bill," 71st Congress, 2nd session, by Jed Johnson. Saturday, June 14, 1930.
~ "Plea for Tax on Imported Oil--Tax Wall Street Stock Gamblers," 72nd Congress, 1st session, by Jed Johnson. Friday, March 25, 1932.
~ "Flowers for the Living" (tribute to Jed Johnson), April 3, 1940.
~ "Expansion of Rural Electrification," in the U. S. House of Representatives. May 15, 1940.
~ "Eliminate Nondefense Expenditure--Stop Defense Strikes and Slow Downs--Huge Wartime Profits Must Not Be Tolerated--Greater Unity Needs," 77th Congress, 2nd session, by Jed Johnson. Monday, April 6, 1942.
~ "Achievements and Failures of the 71st Congress," in the U. S. House of Representatives. June 17, 1930.
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1/4 Campaign Materials:
~ Poster.
~ Pamphlet, ca. 1934.
~ Pamphlet, ca. 1940.
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1/5 Hearings:
"The Effect of Fixing the Prices of Crude Oil on Independent Producers and Operators." Excerpts from the examination conducted by Jed Johnson of Leon Henderson, Office of Price Administration, before the House Committee on Appropriations, May 12, 1942.
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1/6 Article:
"Bruce Carter Visits Washington City," Baptist Messenger, p. 7. Jed Johnson is mentioned as befriending Carter while the latter was in Washington." January 5, 1933.
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1/7 Publications:
~ General Welfare--New Advocate, III, No. 18. Jed Johnson is mentioned as putting up a battle for a national pension plan in the Democratic platform. July 8, 1940.
~ The Young Democrat, Vol. 1, No. 9. Article on Jed Johnson being in the Congress for two terms and his placement on the House Flood Control Committee. August 1930.
~ Pictorial Directory of the War Congress: 78th Congress, 2nd Session . Washington, D. C.: Cleland C. McDevitt. Autographed by Jed Johnson. 1944.
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1/8 Campaign clippings.
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1/9 Personal life and articles by Mrs. Johnson.
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1/10-13 Congressional Career, Newspaper Clippings about, 1928-1937.
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1/14 Miscellaneous.

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