John J. Duncan Jr. Collection
Photograph of Duncan with Peyton Manning, copy of ACEC's Engineering Inc. Magazine with Duncan on the cover, GWB 2006 Inaguration Vanity Plate with Duncan's Name and District.
The material in this collection is in English
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0.1 Linear Feet (One Folder)
John J. Duncan Sr. is chiefly known for his twelve terms of service as a Representative of Tennessee’s Second Congressional District.
Born in Scott County Tennessee on March 24, 1919, Duncan was the sixth of ten children. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1942 and earned a law degree from Cumberland University in 1948. In 1942 he married Lois Swisher. During World War II, Duncan served in the U.S. Army as a criminal investigator.
After the War, Duncan made his foray into state politics. He served as the assistant attorney general of Knox County from 1947-1956, and as head of the legal department for the city of Knoxville from 1956-1959. He was the campaign manager for Howard H. Baker, Sr.’s 1954 congressional campaign – the seat he would go on to fill after Baker’s death in 1964. In the interim, however, he was elected Mayor of Knoxville in 1959 and served until he was elected to fill the late Baker’s seat in the 89th Congress in 1964.
At the time of his death on June 21, 1988, Duncan was the ranking Republican Member on the House Ways and Means Committee, and senior House Republican Member of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Sources: Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, “John J. Duncan Sr.” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, “DUNCAN, John James, (1919 – 1988).”