John Ridley Mitchell

John Ridley Mitchell ( born September 26, 1877 in Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, † February 26, 1962 in Crossville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1931 and 1939 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Mitchell attended the public schools of his home and thereafter until 1896, the Peabody College of Teachers in Nashville. Between 1899 and 1903 he was private secretary to Congressman Charles Edward Snodgrass. After a subsequent law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon and its made ​​in 1904 admitted to the bar he began in Crossville to work in his new profession. Politically, Mitchell member of the Democratic Party, whose State Board he served 1910-1914. Between 1908 and 1931 Mitchell worked in various functions in the fifth judicial district of Tennessee. Until 1918, he served there as deputy and then to 1925 as a senior prosecutor. Then he was in this district until 1931 judges. This year, he relocated to Cookeville.

In the congressional elections of 1930, Mitchell was in the fourth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Cordell Hull on March 4, 1931. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3rd, 1939 four legislative sessions. Since 1933, most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government there were passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1933, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution came into force.

In 1938, Mitchell opted not to run again for the House of Representatives. Instead, he sought unsuccessfully to his party's nomination for election to the U.S. Senate. After retiring from Congress, he worked again as a lawyer. During the Second World War he was employed between January 1943 and September 1945 as a lawyer at the authority for the administration of enemy property (Office of Alien Property Custodian ). Between 1945 and 1951 he worked in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. Then he withdrew into retirement. John Mitchell died on 26 February 1962 in Crossville.