John Q. Tilson

John Quillin Tilson ( born April 5, 1866 in Clear Branch, Unicoi County, Tennessee, † August 14 1958 in New London, New Hampshire) was an American politician. Between 1909 and 1913, and again from 1915 to 1932, he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Tilson attended both private and public schools in Flag Pond (Tennessee ) and in Madison County, North Carolina. Then he studied until 1888 at the Carson -Newman College in Jefferson City (Tennessee ) and until 1895 at Yale University. At this university he studied under the Law Faculty. After his made ​​in 1897 admitted to the bar he began in New Haven ( Connecticut ) to work in his new profession.

During the Spanish- American War of 1898 Tilson was lieutenant in an infantry regiment. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1904 and 1908 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Connecticut; since 1906, he was its president. In the congressional elections of 1908, he became the fifth seat in parliament of his country, the state- wide stand for election at that time, in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1909, the successor of George L. Lilley. After a re-election in 1910 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1913 two legislative sessions. In 1912, he was not confirmed.

In 1914, Tilson successfully ran in the third congressional district. So that he could replace the Democrats Thomas L. Reilly on March 4, 1915. After eight elections he could until his resignation on December 3, 1932 nine more coherent legislative periods spend in Congress. In this time were the First World War, the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage and Prohibition Act, which was revoked in 1933. In 1916, he was short, used regardless of its membership in the Congress as a lieutenant colonel of the National Guard of Connecticut in the Mexican border area. Between 1925 and 1931 he was Group Head of Republican representatives. In 1932 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, on the U.S. President Herbert C. Hoover was nominated for a second term. However, this was defeated in the elections the Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt. For the elections of 1932 Tilson gave up another candidacy.

After his time in Congress Tilson worked as a lawyer in Washington and New Haven. At Yale University, he lectured on constitutional law. John Tilson died at an old age at the age of 92 years on 14 August 1958 in New Hampshire. He was buried in the family cemetery at his birthplace Clear Branch.