John J. Cochran

John Joseph Cochran ( born August 11, 1880 in Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Missouri, † March 6, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1926 and 1947 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Cochran attended the common schools and worked for several newspapers in St. Louis. Between 1911 and 1913 he worked for the municipal election committee of St. Louis. Between 1913 and 1917, and again from 1918 to 1921, he served as secretary of Congressman William L. Igoe. In between, he worked in the years 1917 and 1918 in the same capacity for the U.S. Senator William J. Stone. At that time he also worked for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate. After a subsequent law degree in 1921 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he worked only on a small scale in this profession. From 1921 to 1926 he was employed by Congressman Harry B. Hawes.

Politically, Cochran was a member of the Democratic Party. Following the resignation of Harry Hawes, who moved to the Senate, he was at the due election for the eleventh seat of Missouri as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on November 2, 1926. After several re- elections he could implement his mandate in Congress until January 3, 1947. In 1934, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of his party for the Senate elections. As of March 4, 1933 Cochran represented as successor to Clyde Williams the thirteenth district of his state.

During his time in Congress, most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government there were adopted 1933-1941. In 1933, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ratified. Since 1941 the work of the House of Representatives was marked by the events of the Second World War and its consequences. From 1931 to 1941 John Cochran was chairman of the Committee for the control of government spending ( Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments ). Between 1939 and 1947 he headed the Committee on Accounts. In 1946, Cochran gave up another Congress candidate. He died on March 6, 1947 in St. Louis, just two months after his retirement from the Parliament.