John K. Griffith

John Keller Griffith ( born October 16, 1882 in Port Hudson, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, † September 25, 1942 in Slidell, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1937 and 1941 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Griffith attended the public schools of his home and went on to study at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After a subsequent medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, he was admitted in 1907 as a doctor. In the years 1909 and 1910 he was deputy director of the East Louisiana Hospital for the Insane, a resident of Jackson Hospital for Nervous Diseases. Between 1910 and 1937, Griffith practiced as a doctor in Slidell. He was also involved in the banking industry. This activity was interrupted during World War II for two years, during which he served as a first lieutenant in the medical service of the U.S. Army.

Politically, Griffith was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1936 he was in the sixth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jared Y. Sanders, Jr. on January 3, 1937. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1941 two legislative sessions. At this time there more New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

For the elections of 1940, Griffith was not nominated by his party for re-election. In his place, his predecessor Jared Sanders was nominated and elected. After retiring from Congress John Griffith worked for the milk marketing division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Slidell. He is also passed on 25 September 1942.