FREAR, Joseph Allen, Jr. (1903-1993)

FREAR, JOSEPH ALLEN, JR., a Senator from Delaware; born on a farm near Rising Sun, Kent County, Del., March 7, 1903; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Delaware in 1924; president and owner of a retail business in Dover, Del.; banker; commissioner of Delaware State College 1936-1941 and Delaware Old Age Welfare Commission 1938-1948; director, Federal Land Bank Board, Baltimore, Md., 1938-1947, being chairman of the board the last two years; president of Kent General Hospital, Dover, Del., 1947-1951; during the Second World War served in the United States Army as a major 1944-1946; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948; reelected in 1954, and served from January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1961; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1960; appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission 1961-1963; resumed former business and banking pursuits; was a resident of Dover, Del., until his death, January 15, 1993; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, Del.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: May 12, 1979. 31 pages. Association of Former Members of Congress.

University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE
Papers: 1920-1963 (bulk 1949-1960). Ca. 100 linear feet. Include congressional papers (1949-1960), SEC papers (1961-1963), personal correspondence, photographs, motion picture film, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia.
Oral History: May 12, 1979. 31 pages. Transcript of Former Members of Congress interview.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954.