Charles R. Jonas

Charles Raper Jonas (* December 9, 1904 in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina; † September 28, 1988 in Lincolnton, North Carolina ) was an American politician. He represented the state of North Carolina as a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Jonas was the son of Congressman Charles A. Jonas ( 1876-1955 ). He graduated in 1921 at the Lincolnton High School. Then he made in 1925 his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1928 and his Bachelor of Laws from the legal department of the same university. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1927 and then in 1928 opened a practice in Lincolnton.

After that, he was Deputy U.S. Attorney of the Western District of North Carolina 1931-1933. Moreover, he was a member of the North Carolina National Guard since 1927. It was only on 21 September 1940, he joined with the rank of a captain in the United States Army and retired on April 20, 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Lieutenant Colonel) of the Judge Advocate General's Corps again. Subsequently, he was from 1946 to 1947 President of the Bar Association of North Carolina. After that, he was a member of Gesetzesprüfausschusses 1948-1950. Thereupon he returned to his job back as a lawyer.

Jonas was a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention. He was then elected as a Republican to the 83rd and the nine succeeding Congresses. His term came from 3 January 1953 to 3 January 1973. He decided in 1972 to the 93rd Congress not to run. Then he returned to Lincolnton and remained there until his death on 28 September 1988.

During his tenure in Congress, he refused in 1956, the Southern Manifesto sign that spoke out against racial integration in public institutions.

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