Joseph W. Byrns, Jr.

Joseph Wellington Byrns, Jr. ( born August 15, 1903 in Nashville, Tennessee, † March 8, 1973 in Daytona Beach, Florida ) was an American politician. Between 1939 and 1941 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Byrns was the son of Joseph W. Byrns, Sr. (1869-1936), who was from 1909 to 1936 for the State of Tennessee in Congress, while at times was Speaker of the House. The younger Byrns attended the public schools of his native land and from then until 1922, the Emerson Institute in Washington. After a subsequent law degree from Vanderbilt University and his made ​​in 1928 admitted to the bar he began in Nashville to work in his new profession. Between 1930 and 1938 he was a member of a reserve captain of the Air Corps. Politically, Byrns member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1938 Byrns was in the fifth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard Merrill Atkinson on January 3, 1939. Since he has not been confirmed in 1940, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1941. At this time there the last New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Byrns again worked as a lawyer. During the Second World War he served between 1942 and 1945 in the U.S. Army. He was used in the European theater of war. Joseph Byrns spent his life in Daytona Beach, where he died on March 8, 1973.