Joe Shannon

Bernard Joseph "Joe" Shannon ( born March 17, 1867 in St. Louis, Missouri, † March 28, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1931 and 1943 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joe Shannon attended the public schools in St. Louis and the Spalding Business College in Kansas City. In the meantime he had moved with his parents to Girard, Kansas. After the death of his father in 1879 he came to Kansas City. There in 1890 he became a policeman at the District Court in the year. After a subsequent law degree in 1905 and its recent approval as a lawyer in Kansas City, he began to work in this profession.

Politically, Shannon was a member of the Democratic Party. Within the party he led the opposition to to the temporarily powerful party boss Tom Pendergast. In 1910, Shannon was chairman of his party at the state level. Between 1908 and 1940 he took part in a total of seven Democratic National Convention as a delegate. In 1922 and 1923 he was part of a commission for the revision of the Constitution of Missouri.

In the congressional elections of 1930, Shannon was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he on March 4, 1931, the successor of Edgar C. Ellis took after five re- elections he could until January 3, 1943 six legislatures pass in Congress. In 1933, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ratified. Between 1933 and 1941 most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since December 1941, the work of the Congress of the events of the Second World War was marked.

In 1942, Joe Shannon opted not to run again. He died on March 28, 1943, nearly a quarter year after his retirement from Congress, in Kansas City, where he was also buried.