John Ridley Mitchell

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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 US House of Representatives .


John Mitchell attended the public schools of his home country and then until 1896 the Peabody College of Teachers in Nashville . Between 1899 and 1903 he was the private secretary to Congressman Charles Edward Snodgrass . After a subsequent law degree at Cumberland University in Lebanon and his admission as a lawyer in 1904, he began to work in Crossville in his new profession. Politically, Mitchell was a member of the Democratic Party , whose state executive he was a member between 1910 and 1914. Between 1908 and 1931 Mitchell served in various functions in the Tennessee Fifth Judicial District. Until 1918 he acted there as deputy and then until 1925 as chief prosecutor. He was then a judge in this district until 1931 . That year he moved to Cookeville .

In the 1930 congressional election , Mitchell was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the fourth constituency of Tennessee , where he succeeded Cordell Hull on March 4, 1931 . After three re-elections, he was able to complete four terms in Congress by January 3, 1939 . Since 1933, most of the federal government's New Deal laws have been passed there under President Franklin D. Roosevelt . In 1933 the 20th and 21st amendments came into force.

In 1938 Mitchell declined to run again for the House of Representatives. Instead, he unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination for the US Senate elections . After leaving Congress, he returned to work as a lawyer. During the Second World War , he was employed between January 1943 and September 1945 as a lawyer at the Office of Alien Property Custodian . Between 1945 and 1951 he worked in the antitrust law department of the Ministry of Justice . After that, he retired. John Mitchell died in Crossville on February 26, 1962.

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