Jimmy Quillen

James Henry " Jimmy" Quillen ( born January 11, 1916 near Kingsport Tennessee, † November 2, 2003 ) was an American politician. Between 1963 and 1997 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jimmy Quillen attended Dobyns - Bennett to 1934 the High School in Kingsport. Since 1936 he worked in the newspaper business. During the Second World War, he served 1942-1946 in the U.S. Navy. After the war he was in the banking industry, working in the real estate business and the insurance industry. He also began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. Between 1955 and 1962 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In addition, he was in the years 1956, 1964 and 1968 a delegate to the Republican National Conventions relevant.

In the congressional elections of 1962 Quillen in the first electoral district of Tennessee was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Louise Goff Reece on 3 January 1963. After 16 re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1997 a total of 17 legislative periods. In this time were, among others, the Vietnam War, the final phase of the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal. At that time the 24th, the 25th, the 26th and the 27th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted.

In 1996, Quillen gave up another candidacy. He died on 2 November 2003 at the age of 87 years.