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Jed Joseph Johnson Jr. (December 27, 1939 – December 16, 1993) was an American politician who served as the
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for Oklahoma's 6th congressional district from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Early life and education

Born in
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, the son of Jed J. Johnson and Beatrice Johnson (), Johnson attended public schools in
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, and
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in
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. He served as a congressional page and graduated from the Capitol Page School in Washington, D.C., in 1957. He graduated from the
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in 1961.


Career

Johnson served as a delegate to the International Student Movement for the
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Conference at
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, Sweden, in 1961, and as president of the United States Youth Council from 1962 to 1964. He led a delegation from the organization to West Africa in 1963, and served as a member of the United States National Commission for
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. He served three years as a nongovernmental observer at the United Nations. Elected at the age of twenty-four, Johnson was the second youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Congress, the youngest being William C. C. Claiborne. Taking his U.S. House seat just six days after his twenty-fifth birthday, he was the youngest House member to legally assume office. On November 15, 1964, twelve days after his election victory, Johnson appeared on the CBS Television Network
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. Johnson served as a Democrat to the
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from January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1967. Johnson voted in favor of the
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. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the 90th Congress. He served as special assistant to the Director of the
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from 1967 to 1968, and as a member of the
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from 1968 to 1972. He was also a consultant to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities in 1973.


Personal life

He resided in
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, and served as executive director of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress from 1974 until his death. Johnson died in
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, on December 16, 1993, as the result of a
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. He was survived by his wife, Sydney, and daughters Alice and Sydney.


References


External links


Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Johnson, Jed Jr.

{{DEFAULTSORT:Johnson, Jed Joseph Jr. 1939 births 1993 deaths People from Washington, D.C. People from Chickasha, Oklahoma University of Oklahoma alumni Politicians from Alexandria, Virginia Democratic Party members of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma 20th-century American politicians Friends Seminary alumni