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Thomas A. Jenkins Papers
1 cubic foot
Provenance: The Ohio Historical Society acquired the Thomas A.
Jenkins Papers as a gift of Helen J. Michaels, Thomas A. Jenkins's
niece and trustee of his estate, in 1959. Sherrill Dryden- Baird
processed the collection in February 1981.
Property rights: The Ohio Historical Society owns the property
rights to this collection.
Copyrights: Helen J. Michaels has dedicated such copyrights as
she possesses in this collection to the public. Consideration of
all other copyrights is the responsibility of the author and
Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations
of the Ohio Historical Society.
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name,
collection number, and the Ohio I- Iistorical Society in all footnote
and bibliographic references.
Biographical sketch: Thomas Albert Jenkins was born at Oak Hill,
Jackson County, Ohio, on October 28, 1880. He attended the local
grade and high schools and graduated from Providence University,
Oak Hill, in 1901. Jenkins received his law degree from the Ohio
State University in 1907 and was admitted to the Ohio bar the same
year. He began his law practice in Ironton, Ohio, and served as
the prosecuting attorney for Jackson County from 1916 to 1920.
Thomas Jenkins was a delegate to the Republican state conventions
in 1920 and 1924, and he served as Ohio state senator in 1923 and
1924. Jenkins's long career as an Ohio Representative to the U. S.
Congress began in March- 1925. He served in the succeeding sixteen
Congresses until January 1959; he was not a candidate for reelec-tion
in 1958. Jenkins died on December 21, 1959; and is interred
in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio.
Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774- 1971,
Scope and content: The Thomas A. Jenkins Papers date from 1927 to
1958 and document his tenure as an U. S. congressman from Ohio. The
papers occupy one cubic foot and are arranged in two chronological
sequences consisting of legislative files and printed material.
The legislative files include correspondence with other congressmen,
Ohioans, and lobbyists; news releases; reports: and miscellaneous
papers. The files pertain to legislation introduced by Jenkins
or related to his duties as a member of the House Ways and Means
committee. Legislative bills documented in the files concern the
exclusion and expulsion of alien communists, old- age pensions,
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