John A. Key

John Alexander Key ( born December 30, 1871 in Marion, Ohio; † March 4, 1954 ) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1919 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Key attended the common schools and then completed an apprenticeship in the printing trade. Between 1897 and 1903 he was a postman in his home town; 1903 to 1908 he was employed as a recorder in the management of Marion County. Subsequently, he served 1908-1912 as secretary of Congressman Carl C. Anderson. As this was also key member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1912 was Key in the 13th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Anderson on March 4, 1913. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1919 three legislative periods. Since 1915 he represented there as a successor to Frank B. Willis the eighth district of his state. In his time as a congressman of the First World War fell. In 1913 were the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. It was about the nationwide introduction of the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators. During his three terms of office in Congress Key was Chairman of the Committee on Pensions. In 1918 he was not re-elected.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives John Key worked in the oil industry. From 1934 to 1941 he was inspector for the Federal prisons; then he withdrew into retirement. He died on March 4, 1954 in Marion, where he was also buried.